I am so excited! This is my first entry as part of The Creative Cookie Exchange. I have admired all the people that put out such delicious looking recipes for months now and finally decided to take the plunge and join in the fun!
This month’s theme was caramel. You know, that gooey, thick and rich sweet taffy that is good by itself or in just about anything – as a brownie, crepe or ice cream topping, flavoring for coffee, cake, bars, trifles and of course COOKIES!
So what did I come up with? Have you ever had a Take 5 candy bar? Let me tell you, they are really decadently delicious! It’s a crunchy chocolate bar that is chock full of caramel, peanuts and pretzels – sound good? So I went to work to incorporate all these great flavors in one cookie.
I cheated a little as I substituted the oats for the pretzels although you could add some pretzels to the crushed peanuts and coat the cookies with both flavors – not a bad idea to try out next time. I also found this great caramel product called Caramel Bits by Kraft and they’re so much easier to use than having to open, what seems like, hundreds of packages of individual caramels and cut them into pieces. I have used the bits for other recipes where I need to make a caramel sauce and they melt a lot faster than the larger individually-wrapped pieces.
I sent half of the cookies into work with my husband and they were gone so fast he didn’t even get one for himself. Now if that isn’t a good endorsement I don’t know what is!
Let me know if you try them. Would love to here from you. Hope you enjoy!
Take 5 Caramel Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 pkg Kraft Caramel Bits
- 2 cups peanuts, crushed
- 1 cup pretzels, crushed (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with a nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until well incorporated.
In a second bowl, combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats.
Open caramel bits and place in a bowl. Crush peanuts (and combine with crushed pretzels if using) and place on large flat plate.
To assemble cookies:
Take 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into round ball. Make an indentation and add 3-4 caramel bits. Re-roll to enclose bits. Roll ball in nuts, pressing slightly with fingers to help nuts adhere to dough. Place cookie on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all dough has been used. (Make sure cookies are at least 2″ apart as they will spread.)
Bake 12-14 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove and let cool on cookie sheets for several minutes before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.
While cookies are cooling, place chocolate & cream in a microwave safe measuring cup and melt in microwave in 30 second increments until mostly melted. Stir until smooth.
Place wire rack of cookies over clean cookie sheet and drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies. Let chocolate set before storing in airtight container.
Makes 3-4 dozen.
The theme this month is Caramel–any kind of caramel in any kind of cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. Please be patient though, as this month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often!
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Basement Brownies from Sidewalk Shoes
- Camel Milk Caramel Basbousa from Food Lust People Love
- Caramel Cashew Cookies from Our Good Life
- Caramel Coconut Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Caramel Shortbread Cookie Strips from Magnolia Days
- Caramel Thumbprint Cookies from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
- Caramelized White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies from Baking Yummies
- Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars from The Spiced Life
- Chocolate Caramel Rocks from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Chocolate Walnut Caramel Stuffed Cookies from Noshing with the Nolands
- Eggless Vanilla-Caramel Biscotti from What Smells So Good?
- Millionaire Shortbread Bars from Spiceroots
- Salted Caramel Butter Cookies from SimplyVeggies
- Salted Caramel Macarons from A Baker’s House
- Take 5 Caramel Oatmeal Cookies from 2 Cookin’ Mamas
And remember, if you make one of 2 Cookin’ Mamas recipes, tag us with the hashtag #mamacooks! and we’ll share it.