Caramel Chocolate Chippers

6 May

So named because they will make you chipper.

Do people still use that word?  Chipper?  At least, do they use it to describe moods, or just in reference to a wood chipper?  Sometimes I feel “chipper” is just the perfect word for the mood du jour.

I digress.

Back to the topic at hand – more cookies!

If you’re like me, you’ll be lucky if you get past this cookie dough step.  That’s why I’ve included the recipe in its doubled form, since it really isn’t worth making a single batch, and they freeze beautifully.  Although they only need about 30 seconds of defrost time to be deliciously edible which is further trouble…

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIPPERS

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (using half whole wheat flour gives a great texture and flavour too)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp warm water

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup skor bits or butterscotch chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375.

Mix together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

Beat together butter and both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg, vanilla and water.  At low speed, beat in flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, until soft dough forms.  Stir in chocolate chips and skor bits.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (I use a melon baller or small ice cream scoop) onto ungreased baking sheet, 2″ apart. Bake until just golden, 7-8 minutes – don’t overbake, they are meant to be soft and chewy.  Let cool slightly on baking sheet before removing to rack to cool completely.  Store in airtight container at room temperature for a week or freeze till needed.

*Variations:  These are also great with chocolate chips and dried cranberries, or with slivered almonds added in, or if you’re feeling healthy, a tablespoon of ground flax seed or chia seeds.  

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Caramel Chocolate Chippers”

  1. Bryan May 17, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Dear blogger,

    I don’t profess to be an avid blog follower, however, for whatever reason, this blog has captivated a lion’s share of my wife’s time- which inevitably drags me (kicking and screaming) into reading it(but only very occasionally)as well. In addition to spending hours reading this blog, my wife has from time to time tried out several of the baking recipes posted on said blog. While in principle I have no qualms with this, I am concerned by the rather large portion sizes. Being a sucker for anything possessing more than 200 calories in a single bite, I naturally succumb to consuming a lion’s share of said baking. Case in point- your caramel chocolate chippers. All of which leads me to my complaint (yes this is the price you must pay for writing a such an eminent blog)- or rather suggestion: when posting subsequent recipes in the future, I encourage you to consider the effect of your portion sizing. The 300 and something thousand cookies produced for a family of 3 is a little over-kill even after donating them to all our neighbors and half of Ottawa. Ergot, I politely request you to recalibrate your recipes for normal families (or at least provide this option).

    Sincerely,

    Quickly getting fat

    • hiddenponies May 17, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Dear Quickly getting fat,

      While I recognize the need for portion control, I also have a family of only 3 cookie eaters and this quantity works quite well in our household.
      Having said that, we do have a freezer where half the cookies always immediately find their way. Also, you probably have won friends and influenced people due to your cookie donating, which can only benefit you, chubby or not, in the long run. Finally, may I recommend if you are concerned about your waistline that you simply skip lunch? A balanced day of breakfast, snacks and dinner may solve your problem.
      Also, you give me the LOLs.
      Say hello to your lovely wife, and thank you for reading, even if you are kicking and screaming all the while 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Eminent blogger

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