Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Caramel Macchiato Cookies

I love lattes. I love that on the weekends my husband usually "makes breakfast" one morning by running out while I'm still in bed to pick up some lattes and pastries for the family. I'm totally fine with his version of cooking. Which might also include volunteering to "make dinner" by either picking up a pizza or taking the family out. 

We both like to drink Caramel Macchiato lattes from Starbucks. Iced or hot. 

I recently got in a cookie baking mood. I knew I wanted something different than the standard chocolate chip so I started brainstorming flavor combinations. That's when I remembered seeing a recipe for Caramel Macchiato cupcakes online. And thought to myself If it's good as a cupcake, it has to be fantastic as a cookie

And it is. I haven't tried the cupcakes yet but if you want a quick caramely-coffee flavored dessert, you've gotta try these cookies.

My baby girl just got over her dairy issues so I totally enjoyed these with a few small sips of milk! 

Caramel Macchiato Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 tbsp. instant coffee granules
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup caramel baking bits (or cut up regular caramels into small pieces)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silipat baking liner. If you skip lining the pan, you could end up with a melted caramel mess if a piece falls out of a cookie while baking. 

In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugars and butter until smooth. Add in coffee, vanilla and eggs and mix until well-combined. Pour in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat until just-combined. Remove the beaters and use a spoon to fold in the caramel bits. 

Drop cookie dough by the rounded spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. You want to slightly under-bake these and allow them to sit in the pan for a minute before removing them to cool so they can finish firming up without getting overcooked. 

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