These cookies were inspired by my craving for ice cream sandwiches. I’ve been on an ice cream binge lately and the thought of dark chocolate and caramel wrapped around a scoop of vanilla ice cream seemed very appealing. I started with a basic chocolate cookie dough, chopped up a bar of dark baking chocolate then added some caramel bits to the mix with just a sprinkling of sea salt over the top. For those who love this combination, it’s like eating a decadent candy bar filled with gooey caramel. The ice cream sandwiches turned out better than I had imagined, I could indulge in these all summer long!
And if you have some Vanilla Ice Cream on hand, be sure to treat yourself to an ice cream sandwich! If you can wait that long, set aside a few cookies in the freezer for 10 minutes before adding a scoop of ice cream.
Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Cookies
1/2 cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Caramel Bits
1 (4 ounce bar) Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate, roughly chopped with a knife
Coarse Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugars together using a stand or hand mixer. Add eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture and beat on low. In another bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the mix and begin to blend until you have a nice thick cookie dough. Gently stir in the chopped baking chocolate and caramel bits to the mix.
Drop rounded spoonfuls (I use a small ice cream scoop) onto a baking sheet, allowing space in between for the cookies to spread. Bake for 9 – 10 minutes. Immediately sprinkle coarse sea salt onto cookies as they come out of the oven. Let cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 3 dozen
To make ice cream sandwiches: Place 2 cookies for each sandwich in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place one scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream between 2 cookies and gently press together. Enjoy!