Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chocolate Surprise Cookies

These may be my Favorite chocolate cookies ever! This chocolate dough is very versatile, it's sweet but not too sweet with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Chocolate Surprise Cookies

Recipes adapted from Best-Loved Cookies

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks0 butter
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cups plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
1 package (9 ounces), caramels coated in milk chocolate (I used rolo candy)
3 squares (1 ounce each) white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl set aside.

Beat butter, brown sugar and ½ cup granulated sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture and ½ cup pecans; beat well. Cover dough; refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm enough to roll into balls.

Place remaining ½ cup pecans and 1 tablespoon sugar in shallow dish. Roll tablespoonful of dough around 1 caramel candy, cover completely; press one side into nut mixture. Place nut side up, on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with additional dough and candies, place 3 inches apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Let stand on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

Drizzle with chocolate. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.

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