The other day, I went to a cookie exchange at my friend Erin’s house. It’s been a tradition for a couple of years now, and I always look forward to seeing the friends I went to school with for 12 years before heading off to college. Not to mention it’s a mother-daughter event, so we all have a great time laughing at all their antics (too much wine) and grimacing when they unblushingly tell all of our embarrassing stories (again, I blame the wine).
Even though I’ve grown up with these girls, I can’t help but want to show off when it comes to bringing the most extravagant cookies and usually like to experiment with a few showcase cookies that can’t help but look and taste delicious!
For me, life is all about balance and I truly believe that a completely healthy life depends on both your mental sanity and feeling good in your own skin. Yes, I exercise and eat healthy, but I have absolutely no desire to live a life that consists of restricting and overexercising in the name of your health. If I want to eat a cookie, I’m going to eat it. If I want to take a week off from the gym because I’m not feeling too well, I’m going to do so without any regret whatsoever. I know this sounds a little off tangent for a cookie post, but I sometime feel that “healthy living bloggers” get themselves stuck in a negative place when it comes to food and exercise and try to put forth a perfect picture of their life and body image. While Apple of My Eye usually concentrates on healthier recipes, I don’t want to restrict my site to any one genre. How boring would that be?
Anyways, I bring this up because this recipe has sugar. Lots of sugar. And butter. And caramel. And chocolate chips. Get the picture? It’s deliciously indulgent and the perfect recipe for any party where you really want to bring a dessert that has the “WOW” factor to it!
The cookie recipe I use is from Parents Need to Eat Too, and let me tell ya, it’s the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever made. I think I’ve baked at least 30 batches of them over the last couple of years and others really just don’t match up to it. This is definitely one of Kyle’s favorite desserts as well! When they’re baked on a plain cookie sheet, they have a slightly crunchy exterior, but still maintain a softer inside. I can’t even explain them. Think joy and kittens and rainbows and Zac Efron all mixed into one cookie. Yup.
And these Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies? Think of everything I described above, but with a oozy-gooey caramel center surrounded by half-baked cookie dough and a more firm cookie crust. Unreal!
There’s one key rule when it comes to the these cookies, though. DON’T OVER BAKE.
I know it’s super tempting to look into the oven, see an underdone cookie, and set the timer for a few more minutes, but you need to resist. Seriously, apply that willpower of yours because these cookies are a million times better when they are soft in the middle and will finish baking outside of the oven as they cool.
And, without further ado, I present to you: Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 20 caramels
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In a mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, beating to combine.
- Carefully add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing just till combined.
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- In a greased muffin pan, add 1½ tablespoons of the cookie dough to the bottom. Add a caramel into the middle and cover with another tablespoon of the dough.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Do not over bake!
- Let cool and enjoy!
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