Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Chocolate Fudge Caramel Sea Salt Dot Cookies

Ahh the Super Bowl....the dust has settled at our house from a great family gathering of far too much food and fun. In usual style, I've managed to miss some of the commercials but of the ones I did watch I laughed out loud at the the Taco Bell and Pistachio commercials while The Dodge commercial honoring farmers tugged at my heartstrings.

But in typical style of viewing my broad based friend network via my Facebook newsfeed, I'm reminded that it's not all food, fun and laughs during a Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the single largest human trafficking incident according to the US Attorney General.  There are vulnerable minors being brought in from other locations to cater to the mostly male appetite of the sex trade. It's outrageous and sick. So much so that even  some in Hollywood are taking action with their "Real Men don't Buy Sex" campaign.

You can report a tip or get assistance at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-877-373-7888, a non-profit resource center.

Chocolate Fudge Caramel Sea Salt Dot Cookies

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
2 Topping choices:
  • 30 caramels
  • 3 ounces of white chocolate or almond bark

Preheat oven to 300. Grease baking sheets

Melt semi sweet chocolate on low over the stove, stirring constantly. Remove and let cool a bit.

Mix flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt in a large bowl. Set aside

In an electric mixer, add butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add chocolate. Mix again. Add flour mixture and mix well.

Using a 1" cookie scoop place drops on the cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool for a minute or two then remove and allow to cool on a rack.


Set aside half of the cookies. Place white chocolate or almond bark in a bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time until nearly melted.  Drizzle over the cookies

Place caramels in a pan on the stove on medium low, stir until melted. Using the remaining half of cookies, drop a teaspoon full caramel in the center of each cookie. You will need to use your finger to shape nicely.

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