Friday, December 18, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Cookies


This is another Taste of Home recipe.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
1 package (13 0z.) Rolo candies

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, 1 cup sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, and soda; add to the creamed mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Shape dough by tablespoonfuls around each candy. In a small bowl, combine remaining pecans and sugar; dip each cookie halfway. Place with nut side up on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes or until top is slightly cracked. Cool for 3 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

I usually leave the nuts out - several people I make them for do not like them. They are delicious with or without the nuts!!

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