Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Cookie #7: Caramel Meltaways

This is a really simple and delicious recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix, but tastes and looks like it is much more difficult to make.

These chocolate cookies appear from the outside to be a simple chocolate cookie, but hiding inside is a sweet, gooey caramel.

Serve these cookies warm if you want the caramel to ooze from the middle. As they cool, the caramel hardens. I liked them both ways.

We have been laughing all day because Jack will eat the chocolate cookie all the way around the caramel, and then leave the caramel sitting on the table - which Max promptly finds and devours. How on earth did I birth a child who doesn't like caramel?

Our lesson: Sometimes things aren't as they seem on the outside. Baby Jesus looked like a tiny, little baby, but He was King of the whole world!

Caramel Meltaways
my own recipe...

One 18.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix
3 tablespoons flour
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
3 tablespoons water
18 caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup flour

Combine first five ingredients and beat with electric mixer until well combined.

Pour 1/2 cup flour into a small bowl. Dip fingers in flour to keep dough from sticking to hands. Form dough into 2-inch balls. Flatten out dough with fingers and place a caramel onto the dough. Fold dough around caramel until caramel is surrounded entirely by dough. (You'll have a round ball of dough with a caramel in the middle. Be sure caramel is surrounded on all sides.)

Place onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving to cooling rack.

Serve warm or cool.


  1. You really have to stop this! Christmas time is bad enough without you adding all these scrumptious recipes!
    PS - Bob's been nibbling on those thumbrint cookies all day!

  2. now, that's my kind of cookie! =)

  3. I like the sound and looks of these. Abigail is invited to a girl's baking day on Wednesday. She's supposed to bring the dough for a cookie, and then the girls will bake and share. This MAY be what she brings.

  4. ooh these cookies look GOOOOOD. we have a big time caramel + chocolate eater around here (josh) so i just might have to make these as a surprise.

    btw, i'm loving the cookie posts! can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the next couple weeks!

  5. mmm, that looks so yummy! I may have to try this one myself. Love your cookie journey, what are you doing with all the cookies? I don't make many becuase I end up eating them all!

  6. oh jack and i would be a good team. he could eat the chocolate and i would have the caramel.

    we are making these today... my kiddos will love them.

  7. All I can say is: YUM. My DH loves caramel, so we need to try this one. Soon.

  8. Salivating. Seriously. I love the message with this one too!

  9. THANK YOU so much for the recipe... we made them last night! I am stocking up on Christmas cookies in the freezer for the "big day" but we enjoyed a couple before stashing them away.

    Thanks again! Great recipe and SO easy to make!

  10. YUMMY!!!! I am so pumped this year to bake cookies....because you have inspired me :-)....Love you!!!

  11. I can't wait to make these! I'm going to a cookie exchange next week and I was looking for a new recipe. This will be perfect. Thanks!

  12. How much is one stick of butter? In Canada we have it in 1c packages.