Down By the Sea

Ever hear of the term Thirsty Thursday?  Well, not completely in the same sense, but this picture will certainly have you craving a tall glass of milk 🙂

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Recognize this?  If you had stopped by yesterday, you would know I promised a certain recipe.  Well, here we go.  I originally spotted it on Pinterest, so you can thank my wonderful procrastinating skills for finding something so delicious it’s practically unbelievable.  If nothing else, it’s a well-needed change of pace from the normal chocolate chip cookie.  Also, it’s something about sea salt that makes me think of the ocean and summertime.  Oh warm weather, where art thou?  Who else is totally a summer child?

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
~12 cookies (1/2 batch)

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Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 oz butter (softened)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 wrapped caramels (cut into small pieces ~5 or 6)
sea salt

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer (or standing mixer), cream the butter and sugars together.  Add in the egg and vanilla and mix well.  Start to slowly add in the flour until a dough forms.
3. Ford in the chocolate chips (but NOT the caramels just yet). Make sure not to overmix the dough 🙂
4. Set the dough in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes (or even up to 5 days if you are that on top of things).  When ready, place tablespoons full of dough onto a baking sheet.
5.  Place a few pieces of caramel onto the tops of the cookies and back for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
6.  When you remove the cookies from the oven, sprinkle a little sea salt on the top of each one.

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How is that for a quick and easy recipe? And if my day couldn’t get any better, we had a traveling petting zoo on campus.  HELLO LLAMAS!!!

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Do you have a favorite cookie?  Any requests/ideas/recommendations of what to make next or experiment with?

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
– George Bernard Shaw

 

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13 thoughts on “Down By the Sea

  1. Oh mann I need to make those. My roommate is gone this weekend but maybe I’ll make them just for myself since she sucks for ditching me (kidding, she’s going to conferences…) but they look too good to wait for her too get back!
    I wish my school had a traveling petting zoo!!!!!!

  2. There are few things in life that make me happier than seeing a light sprinkle of sea salt on top a gooey chocolate chip cookie. This is just beautiful. Wait llamas on campus?!?!?! Is that supposed to be some type of stress release thing because UCSB has “Dog Days” during finals week to relax students…..

    • Salt makes the world better (I’m sure doctors would cringe to hear me say that) but it’s something about sea salt!

      We have dog days too, which is great since I miss my lab at home!!

  3. Think I might make these for my boss who is always carrying caramels around in her pockets and leaves wrappers all over the office. Weird habit but I don’t see why I shouldn’t encourage it with some caramel cookies! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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