Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet, Salty and Chocolate...Need I Say More?

I bought a jar of unsalted cashews a little while ago. Big surprise, my kids complained that they had no salt. Oh great. Now what am I going to do with these?

Perhaps I'll use them in baking something...but what? Hmmmm...

I bought some salted caramel sauce for ice cream. We used up the ice cream and had all this sauce left! Whatever shall I do with it? Hmmmm...

Cashews...salted caramel...actually those two sound good together! What can I put them in? My daughter found a really good chocolate cookie recipe that we love to use all the time. That would hit the spot for sure! Can I put chopped cashews in those? Why not! What can I do with the sauce?
OOOOHHHH!!! I'll use it on the cookie!!! I can't wait to try these!

Here's my new recipe! I don't have a name for them, so if you think of one, let me know, and I'll pick my fave!

2 sticks melted unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown, whatever one you like or have handy)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 - 1 1/2 cups salted or unsalted cashews, chopped
1 bag chocolate chips (I recommend Ghiradelli)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix butter and sugars together well, until they are lighter and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and just before blended, add the chopped cashews and chocolate chips and finish mixing just until combined.
Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins.
Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet. Remove and let cool completely. Get the caramel sauce to a workable texture: smooth, flowing, but not runny.

Using a spoon, have fun drizzling the sauce right over the cookies! You can use any way you like. I just used zig zag lines for now. It would be fun for kids to do too!

These turned out so splendid, and very satisfying! You don't really need more than one!

Of course, you might just find another one in your mouth before you realize it!

You could also sprinkle just a wee smattering of salt on the top, for looks and a little more salty flavor. That's up to you.
Have fun, and let me know how you liked these!

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