Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chocolate Turtle Cookies (Good Enough for the Rest of Us)

The links below provide highlights to the Cookiegate scandal.  The first is a general article describing the incident.  The second is a funny video put out by the Pennsylvania Democratic party in response to said incident.  

Now that you have the information, check out the last link - it's the cookie menu from the bakery that Mr. Romney did not know enough to acknowledge.

Chocolate Turtle Cookies 
(Good Enough for the Rest of Us)

Inspired by Bethel Bakery, and much better than 7-11!

2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 caramels
2 Tbsp. milk
48 pecan halves
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Heat oven to 375°F.

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in combined flour, cocoa powder and salt.

Roll dough into 1 Tbsp.-size balls.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with bottom of drinking glass dipped in sugar.  Make small indentation in center of each cookie using index finger.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm.

Transfer cookies to cooling rack set over waxed paper.  While cookies are cooling, microwave caramels and milk on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Allow caramel sauce to cool 5 minutes, then transfer to a small freezer-type bag.  Push contents into corner of bag, then snip a bit of the corner and gently squeeze bag to fill centers of cookies with caramel sauce.  Press a pecan half into the caramel sauce on each cookie.

Microwave chocolate 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds.  Let chocolate cool 2 minutes, then transfer to small freezer-type bag.  Push chocolate into corner of bag, then snip very small bit of bag’s corner and drizzle chocolate over cookies.

You can substitute 2/3 cup caramel bits for 16 caramels.

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