Inside-Out Chocolate Covered Caramel Twix Cookies - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT
Is it really Friday already? Wowzers!
You know what I’m thinking these would be perfect for?…Christmas! So the first thing I need to say is that this will be sort of a 2 part recipe because I'm planning to share the chocolate covered caramels I use for these cookies in a recipe for tomorrow. So stay tuned for that.
I’m going to be straight with you though, these cookies can get really messy just so you know. I’ve had some complaints from readers recently on some similar recipes that they didn’t come out perfect so I want you all to be forewarned that you are pretty much guaranteed to have at least one oozer in each batch, at least. We’re talking melty chocolate and caramel meets real life baking, hello, there’s always going to be a little messiness involved. The amount of not-so perfect cookies will depend on what you choose to stuff them with. Since I used homemade caramels they were a little extra runny and melty but if you use store-bought ones they should hold up better because there are things added to those to help stabilize the chocolate.
Whichever you choose, I think any amount of trial and error is worth it cuz these are amazing. Seriously, slam-dunk/show-stopping/crowd-raging madness here! You just have to try em!
Ok, clearly I’m obsessed with stuffing cookies. as of late. Hey, It’s just really hard to go back to plain cookies once you’ve started down the road of stuffing them with yummy stuff. The exception being when you’re to lazy to put in an extra step, but when you’ve got the time, it’s so worth it. My mom calls them sugar baby cookies because the texture that the homemade caramels get when you bake them in the dough is such a similar texture to sugar babies candy and she used to love those. And speaking of candy, there aren’t actually twix bars in these, but rather, they were inspired by a twix but in reverse. The chocolate is on the inside while the shorbread-ish cookie in on the outside. Get it?
So remember what I said about these being potentially messy. Please don’t expect picture perfect cookies every time or your setting yourself up for disappointment. By the way though, the stuff that runs out of the cookies is still very edible (wink wink).
So I hope you had a great week and are planning a fun weekend. Happy friday peeps!
Inside-Out Twix Cookies
Classic chocolate chip cookies are always great, but how about something new. These melty, caramel-filled, oh-so-chewy cookies are sure to be a new favorite!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36 cookies (about)
3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks Miyoko's "butter" or any dairy free butter, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons coconut cream *see note
3 tablespoons applesauce
1 1/2 cups organic granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
36-40 dairy-free chocolate covered caramels (I used these homemade ones that I'll be sharing in my next post)
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in coconut cream and applesauce, then soda, salt, and vanilla. Add the flour a little at a time and mix until dough is just combined.
roll the dough into 1 inch, about 1 heaping tablespoon each, balls and place them about 2 inches apart on parchment or silicone lined baking sheets. Use you thumb to make a well in the center of each dough ball and stuff a chocolate caramel inside. Squish the sides up a little and roll the dough around it to cover.
Place cookie back on tray and push down slightly then repeat with all cookies. Place the tray in freezer (if it won't fit you can chill the balls on a smaller plate and then put them back on tray) for about 25 minutes to get cold.
While the balls chill, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). After 25 minutes, bake for 7 - 9 minutes until the edges are just starting to turn a light tan. Remove and let them cool for at least 5 minutes them loosen from pan and either let them cool completely or eat them while they're still hot and melty!
I should probably also mention that these do not all come out perfectly shaped. Know that some of them will have a little filling ooze out and candy, or possibly even burn, on the pan. What I do is simply let them cool on the tray and cut the cookies away from the runaway filling (p.s. It's really good once it candies like that; baker's privilege!) If some of them get extra flat you can try using a spatula to sort of push the cookie back into shape by scooting in the sides. *If you have trouble finding coconut cream at your local grocery store it's completely fine to use full-fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off of the top. Just be sure that it's cold enough to separate.
ALL CONTENT IS MINE AND ORIGINAL! All of these food photos were taken with my Nikon D750 and my favorite Lens, the Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. You can find out more in my INTRO POST.