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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Chocolate Caramel Nuggets

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Whenever I go to the garden nurseries, I always take a look at the bargain book stand. It's usually a mixture of books by TV chefs that have since faded from the screen or books that were best sellers 10 years ago! Occasionally I strike lucky and snap up a great bargain.
Chocolate Caramel Nuggets is a recipe that comes from one such book called The Cookie and Biscuit Bible. It's a hefty little number that weighs a ton, with 500 pages - and if there's a cookie recipe you are looking for, it's probably in this book.
These cookies are a bit like a soft shortbread, which encases a gooey chocolate caramel centre.

I just discovered Weekend Cookbook Challenge, being hosted by Sara. It's a great way to see what cookery books other food bloggers have on their kitchen bookshelves. This is my contribution to this month's challenge, Show and Tell.

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Chocolate Caramel Nuggets
Adapted from The Cookie and Biscuit Bible.
The recipe says it makes 14 cookies but I usually get a couple more out of the mixture.
The cookie dough may crack when sealing the edges, just gently close up any big cracks. I put the cookies into the fridge for half an hour or so before cooking.

150g self raising-flour
90g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
50g caster sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large bar of caramel chocolate, or 14 soft-centred caramels
Icing powder and cocoa powder for dusting

Put the flour and butter into a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs.

Add the sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and process to a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out fairly thinly on a lightly floured surface and cut out rounds using a 2 inch cutter.

Place one chocolate square on a cookie round and then lay a second round on top. Pinch the edges of the dough together to seal and enclose the caramel chocolate. If the edges don't stick together, you can wet the edges of one of the circles with a tiny smear of water to seal. Place on a baking sheet and put in the fridge while the oven heats up.

Bake at 200ºC for about 10-12 minutes until just turning golden.

Cool on a wire rack and then dust with icing sugar and cocoa powder.

(Printable Recipe)

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Pam said...

I love the idea of using squares of filled chocolate bars! Great pics, too!

Jules said...

They look great, I may try them this weekend.

Mandy said...

nice pics! I like the idea!

Sara said...

HOLY COW! Those are some amazing looking cookies. Are there any left to send my way? Thanks for taking part in WCC!

Brilynn said...

Mini Halloween candy bars would be perfect for this, you could do all sorts of different ones!

Marie Rayner said...

I've been the lucky recipient of some of those cookies in the past and I can attest to their goodness and I also bought the book after having seen it at Nic's and having tasted these delicious cookies! A real winner!

Anonymous said...

that first photo is fantastic!

and i love the idea of the hidden chocolate surprise in the middle! yum! :)

Anonymous said...

that first photo is fantastic!

and i love the idea of the hidden chocolate surprise in the middle! yum! :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This cookie has the best of all worlds..chocolate, caramel and shortbread. I will have to bookmark these for the cookie baking at Christmas...I know Christmas is still 3 months away....

Nic said...

Pam, Jules and Mandy - thank you!
Sara - thanks for hosting WCC!
Brilynn - I haven't tried any other candy bars, but there's an idea...!
Marie - have you made nay cookies from the book yet?
Maninas - thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments!
Valli - Christmas will be here before we know it, lol!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, those cookies are deadly! A bite of heaven!

SteamyKitchen said...

Those cookies are just too cool. I love that the choc chunk is HUGE!

Nic said...

Hi Rosa - I bet they are really bad for your waistline!!
Steamy - I think the chocolate does look bigger in the photo than in real life!

Maggie said...

I love some of those books written by an assortment of food writers - they give us an endless supply of interesting recipes. The cookies look yummy!

Jeanne said...

OMG! These sould be called Unbelievable Decadence Cookies or something... What an absolutely grand idea. I feel pleasantly plump merely thinking about them!!

Deborah said...

These did work much better for you!! I'm going to link your post to mine, so people can see someone who has made these successfully!!

Jules said...

I made these today and they were delicious :)

Nic said...

Thanks Margaret and Jeanne.

Deborah - sorry yours weren't so great, you'll just have to try again!

Jules - yours look fabulous, great photo - makes me want some with a cuppa!

Yvonne Randall said...

This cooking blog gets better with every recipe that I see. Thank you.