These happened yesterday.
They happened as a result of a total impulse purchase at the grocery store last week. People, I needed these caramel bits the moment I saw them. NEEDED. Sort of like I needed a salt water taffy in every single flavor last weekend at the candy store. Then afterwards, I needed an ice cream cone. And later, I needed a green vegetable and pepto-bismol.
Please don’t tell my dentist.
I was going to use my new purchase to make some sort of interesting caramel apple creation on Halloween. But then I got sidetracked by a recent intense addiction in ancestry.com and the caramel apples never happened.
Can we talk about ancestry.com for a minute? Please? And how Adam and I spent at least ten hours on it last weekend, sitting silently side by side on my couch building competitive family trees? The only words spoken were “did you check the immigration papers?” or “I have 400 people now, how about you?”
Leave it to us to make a competitive sport out of family tree building.
It all worked out though because not only did I trace my family back to 1050 (I win, I win! just kidding I totally lost because I made an amature spelling mistake and had to wipe out six hours of research and work), but I also made these cookies instead of apples.
Just look at that golden caramel chewy goodness!!! These make me so happy. Perfect fuel for tree building, if you ask me.
Chewy Caramel Apple Chip Cookies
makes about 2 dozen cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 bag mini caramels (or regular sized caramels, cut up into small pieces)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and continue to beat until combined.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in another bowl.
Grate the apple with a cheese grater and squeeze out all liquid with paper towels. Add shredded apple to the flour and then add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and mix until combined. Then, add the caramel bits. Dough will be a little dry.
Roll small balls of dough out and bake on a lined baking sheet for 12-14 minutes. Let cookies completely before attempting to move them off the baking sheet or else they will fall apart!