Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Cookie Recipe #66 - Caramel Lace Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a chocolate chip cookie all dressed up and ready to go out on the town...fancy... The center is a soft chewy chocolate chip and pecan delight surrounded by walls of crunchy caramel lace.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel (optional), 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans.
Instructions: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease baking sheets. Combine shortening, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and orange peel in large bowl; beat well. Combine flour and salt and gradually mix into shortening mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop teaspoonfuls of dough 4 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 5 minutes or until edges are golden brown. (Chips and nuts will remain in center while dough spreads out.) Do not overbake. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes before lifting cookie edges with edge of spatula, grasping cookie gently and lightly pinching or fluting the edge, bringing it up to the chips and pecans in center. Work around each cookie until completely fluted and stands up by itself (may have to repeat until cool enough to stand). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.
"Treasury of Holiday Cookies", published by Publications International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, IL, in 1994.