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🍫Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cookies with Chewy Caramel🍫

To celebrate the end of my daughter’s ⚽️ soccer ⚽️ season, I created these AMAZING chocolate-covered chocolate cookies with a chewy caramel layer. I stayed up entirely too late making them (due to the Chocolate mold only having 2 soccer balls on it!!). But, they are so totally worth it!! The melty, creamy milk chocolate, the not too soft but not hard and crunchy chocolate cookie, and the chewy delicious caramel… if it didn’t take so long to make each one,I think I would have made several dozen and froze them! 

First, I made some dark chocolate cookies. Flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, egg, and oil-rolled out between 2 layers of waxed paper, to make cleaning up a snap!


I rolled them super thin, cut them, froze them on a lined cookie sheet until hard, baked them off, then trimmed them if needed. 


(If dried out and thrown in the food processor, they would make a nice cookie crumb crust for a cheesecake!)

While the cookies were baking, I rolled out some caramels and used the same cookie cutter to cut them into rounds. The ‘scraps’ that were cut off, that weren’t eaten!, were combined and rolled out to make more caramel discs. 

Also happening while the cookies were baking, the chocolate was being melted. This ceramic covered metal bowl fits perfectly into the top of my big pasta pot, without falling in! I just throw a little water in the pot, set the bowl in the top, and turn on the stove. The chocolate melts and I turn the heat down to the very lowest setting just to keep it warm and melty. 


Now comes the part that takes forever-the chocolate molds! I highly suggest that you have multiple molds if you want to try these. It will go much faster that way!! I used a baby spoon to place the melted chocolate and spread an even coat into the soccer ball molds. Then into the freezer to let it set up. Back out of the freezer to add the caramel and cookie discs. Coat the bottom with more chocolate to close it off and pop it back into the freezer to finish setting up. When they were set, I turned the chocolates out of the mold to reveal these soccer cookie/candies.


They are my current favorites! They are sort of like having a chocolate version of the Twix bar! Delicious!


(Sorry about the chipping nail polish-mine doesn’t last very long, even the gel kind! But, I’ve been painting it turquoise every few days this whole month of October for Dysautonomia/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) awareness month!! #makesomenoiseforturquoise)


A better shot of non-chipping turquoise


My beautiful POTSie soccer player. She may have been winded from her POTS, but she still did her best and I’m super proud!

Great season, Team Nicoletta’s! Thank you, Coach C and Nicoletta’s Italian Cafe!

🍎Autumn = Apples🍎

I have said it before, but I will say it again-I love Fall! The crisp morning air, the changing of the leaves, hoodies and scarves, and of course apple picking! And what comes with apple picking? Aside from the family FUN tradition of picking apples together, comes the family YUM tradition of 🍎pies, 🍎crisps, 🍎bars, 🍎sauce, 🍎 chips, 🍎 Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, 🍎breads, 🍎sauce cookies.. all things apple! 


🍎🍏 Windy Hill Orchards 🍏🍎

My first 🍎 creation of the season is this twist on apple crisp! 

I used my tart pan for this delicious treat. I made up a cake mix from scratch (minus the wet ingredients), added some melted butter and pressed it into my pan. After baking it for about 5-7 minutes, I layered in my thinly sliced apples. A little drizzle of caramel sauce and a cinnamon oat crumb topping, and it was off to the oven to finish baking. The hardest part was waiting for it to cool (I don’t care for hot apples)!

Homemade Twix-like Candy Bars

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From caramel apples to candy bars! I had some leftover melted caramel from making caramel apples. I couldn’t waste perfectly yummy caramel; but what could I do with it? I thought for a minute and then remembered something I had made years ago. Homemade Twix bars! The recipe called for Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, but I don’t buy packaged baked goods and I didn’t feel like making shortbread. I wanted a more immediate reward! So, I took the dry ingredients to my white cake recipe and added vanilla and a stick of melted butter. Once combined, I pressed it into a pan and baked it off at 350 for 12-15 minutes. After it came out of the oven, and cooled, I added the leftover caramel on top and popped it into the fridge.

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Once it had set up, I cut into bars and dipped them into melted milk chocolate. I could hardly wait for the chocolate to set up! Oh so good!

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Chewy Apple Crisp Bars

My sister prefers apple crisp to apple pie. Actually, it’s the crisp that she enjoys so much. She said she wished there was a way to have a cookie made out of the ‘crisp’ part. I got to work dreaming up a recipe just for her. Oddly enough, as soon as I had come up with the recipe in my head, and before I even had a chance to write it down or bake it, I saw a post from mybakingaddiction that essentially summed up my dream cookie! (check our their blog-some really great baked good posts happening there!)

Here’s my recipe for these Chewy Apple Crisp Bars:

Crust:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 TBSP baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash nutmeg

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Combine all ingredients with a fork until combined. It should be crumbly.

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Press firmly into a sprayed 8″ square pan. Peel, core, and very thinly slice 2 apples. picture554

Lay the apples on top of the firmly packed crust until it covers the entire crust. Make crumb topping.

 

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup cold butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Use your hand to incorporate these ingredients and squeeze it to warm up the butter and meld all the ingredients and flavors together. Mixture will still be crumbly, but moist. Sprinkle topping over the apples so that every last centimeter is covered. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

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These chewy bars are totally enjoyable as is; but to kick it up another notch, I drizzled some homemade caramel sauce over the top of the warm bars.  picture561

These were so good, we didn’t want to stop eating them!

 

*And here’s a trick for those of you who don’t keep a whole lot of baking supplies on hand… You can substitute the crust for 1/2 a box of vanilla cake mix! Just don’t add any eggs, oil, water, or any other wet ingredient, to it! Just put the dry mix in a bowl, add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/4 cup of melted butter.

 

 

 

 

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