These Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies remind me of Christmas cookie exchanges. One of the best parts of the Christmas season as a kid was getting treats from all the neighbors. The doorbell would ring and my siblings and I would scream and run to the door excited to see what treats would await us. We would cross our fingers that they were brownies or chocolate chip cookies and hope that there wasn’t a Christmas ornament or fudge filled with nuts (those things are fine and good, but as kids, we preferred the chocolaty chewy treats).
We would manage to compose ourselves long enough to open the door and calmly say “Thank You. Merry Christmas!” and then rush into the kitchen to peel away the plastic wrap from the usual festive paper plate. Certain treats would be instantly devoured and some would sit on our counter for a week, nibbled at here and there. Then one day in December we would take our turn as the deliverers of “neighbor treats”, as we would call them.
The cookie recipe I have for you today is a chocolate chip cookie that has been taken up a couple notches. This soft and chewy caramel chocolate chip cookie has both vanilla and caramel extracts, chunks of soft caramel, and lots of chocolate chips. It’s the kind of treat that will leave your neighbors wishing for more. And I highly recommend giving some away because it is really hard to have self control with these sitting around in your house. You will eat the whole batch if you don’t take some preventative measures. Especially if you have Christmas mugs filled with dunking milk. You need dunking milk with caramel chocolate chip cookies!
I use Kraft Caramel Bits in these cookies. They are little caramel balls about the size of chickpeas. Sometimes they can be tricky to find, but I can usually find them at Wal-mart. If you can’t find them you can use the wrapped caramels. Just use kitchen shears to cut them into small pieces. I usually use about half a bag of the caramel bits, mostly because I end up eating the other half.
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