Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Recipe: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok seriously, salted caramel chocolate chip cookies! Yes you read that right! How delicious do those sound? I remember the almost identical ones that Tim Hortons used to make and they were absolutely phenomenal!  Again this will be my first time making these guys. But I can't wait to dive right in. Personally the sound of some chopped pecans in this recipe sounds absolutely devine, so I will be adding 2/3 cup of those.

Recipe Adapted From: Culinary Chat                             

Makes 3 dozen:
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 16 wrapped caramels, cut into 4 or 5 pieces each
  • Sea Salt for garnishing

Preheat oven to 325° F.
Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
With an electric mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms (may take a couple minutes of stirring). Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans (do not add the caramels yet). Do not overmix the dough at any point in this process.
Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (or up to 5 days) in the refrigerator. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Press a few pieces of caramel onto the tops of the cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. The centers should appear very soft and puffy. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt while they are warm. Let cool completely and enjoy!
*Make sure to keep dough cold at all times while the batches are baking. I kept my dough in the refrigerator in between batches

Cookies anybody?
Ready to eat!

Now I'm not going to lie this recipe was absolutely amazing! They are definitely fully loaded with lots of chocolate chips, pecans and ooey gooey caramel pieces. My only complaint was that the dough was on the crumbly side, but this is understandable with the amount of stuff in the dough. There is no salt in the dough but don't be tempted to add any. The light sprinkling of sea salt on the top makes it just right. 

Hope you guys enjoy the recipe as much as I did!

Ashlee <3