I did some baking over the weekend. It always seems like cool weather triggers the baking lobe in my brain, and since it was considerably cooler on Friday than it has been in a while, I felt like being in the kitchen. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and then went to work on creating a recipe for turtle cookies--one of my husband's favorites. He absolutely loved this recipe, so I thought I'd share it here. There is something great about knowing that your husband likes your cooking and baking. Am I right??
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 heaping tsp baking soda
1 1/2 C flour
3/4 C lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (make your own!)
~1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
~1/2 C chopped pecans
~1/2 C chopped caramels, approximately 10 unwrapped pieces (not the baking caramel pieces)
Beat the butter and sugars on high until well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. In a small bowl, combine flour and baking soda, and gradually add to the wet ingredients, mixing until incorporated. Add the chocolate chips, pecans, and caramels, and stir until well mixed. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. You (and your hubby) won't regret it!