At my house (that's English for "chez Bren") we take cookie making very seriously. You may have assumed this already just based on the number of chocolate chip cookie variations I've posted. I'm not worried; I think we're still pretty far from obsession status.
I don't ever really feel like I need an excuse for baking. It's therapeutic in a lot of ways, maybe that's why I do it so often. $10 worth of ingredients and a blog post are way cheaper than a therapy session. So off we go...
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 c. butter flavored Crisco
1 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. milk
1 Tbs. pure vanilla
1 large egg
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. caramel bits
Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla until well mixed. Add egg. Stir in all dry ingredients followed by the really yummy stuff. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Now it must be said that the key to baking as therapy is that you absolutely must give away at least half of what you bake. Otherwise you just create a whole new set of problems. This evening Brigham took a plate of cookies to our friend's house and, after serenading her with a Christmas carol, gave her some pretty crucial parting instructions:
"They've got caramel in them, so don't eat them with your dentures in."
So subtle, that boy.