Frozen Caramel Toffee Cookie Cups

Do you ever have days where you wish you could rewind time?
Yesterday was one of those days!
I was giving my youngest a hug and he said,
“Mommy, I wish I could be a baby again.”
(now his reasoning was so he didn’t have to go to school:-)
But it totally got the best of me today!

I started looking at my kids
and how big they have gotten in the last few months.
The voice change, the height, the responsibility!
This is all a good thing, but it really made me sad!

At the time when they were little,
I couldn’t wait for them to master the next big thing…
or to get a little older so that it was easier.
Sadly, now I wish I could go back in time and
freeze some of those moments:-(
I have lots of pictures from when they were little,
but I wish I had taken MORE of the every day things
so that I could remember it better!
All the pictures I have are of things we did or saw.
I am so sad that I didn’t capture more of their personality
and just them as they grew up!
The older I get, I’m afraid that I will forget all those little details.

I am sitting here with their baby books around me
and just remembering little things like
chubby little rolls, funny things they said or did,
smiles, frowns, and so much more!

When did they get so old?
And why is it bothering me so much today???
I don’t usually cry over things like this,
yet right now the tears are streaming:-(
and I can’t seem to stop.

Maybe it is because I feel bad for wishing their childhood away?
Maybe it is because some days I feel like the worst mom ever?
Maybe it is because it is late at night and I should be sleeping?

I feel like I blinked and time has just passed me by!
Junior High just can’t be a reality this year, can it?

Ok, I totally have to lighten this post up a little.
(I am wiping the tears away)
How about a sugar rush to get things happy again:-)
It usually works for me…at least for a little while.

Frozen Caramel Toffee Cookie Cups

Cookies
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. chocolate chips

pudding mixture
caramel ice cream topping
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. butter

Preheat your oven to 375* Cream the butter and shortening together until creamy. Add the brown sugar and cream again. Then add the milk, vanilla, extract and egg. Cream one more time. Pour in the salt, baking soda and flour slowly while beating. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Roll small balls of dough and bake in a mini muffin pan for 7-8 minutes. Let the pan sit on the cooling rack for 2 minutes, then use something to create a cup form. (I used a pampered chef mini tart shaper) Remove from pan very carefully and let cool completely. While they are cooling, make the pudding.

Pudding
1/2 c. milk
1 pkg. (3 oz.) vanilla pudding
1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2 c. english toffee bits

In a bowl, whisk the milk and pudding for 2 minutes. Let it sit until the pudding sets up slightly. Fold in the whipped topping and toffee bits.

Spoon a little bit of caramel into the bottom of each cookie cup. Pipe or spoon some pudding on top of the caramel. Place the cookies on a tray and cover them. Freeze for a few hours or until the pudding is firm. Melt the chocolate chips with the butter. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies. Makes about 36-40 cookie cups.

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Comments

  1. says

    Jocelyn…I heart you. Hugs to you momma. My little girl is 3 and I get teary eyed every now and then thinking about what it will be like when she starts kinder, goes on her first date, registers for college, gets married….starts her own family. I try really hard to remember to take pictures of the everyday things. This post helped me to REALLY remember to do that. It’s never too late ya know ;) Being a momma is the BEST and most rewarding job there is…but boy is it an emotional roller coaster ride! LOL

    ps- can i live in your kitchen?? At this point, Im okay with being over weight as long as I can be your taste tester. Too bad you didnt live in AZ… you would be SUCH a great asset to our bakery that opens next month :)

    Hugs!!

  2. says

    More hugs to you! I know the feeling. Sometimes it hits me all at once too. …and I also end up surrounded with their baby books.

    Thank you for adding this awesome recipe to Sweets This Week.

    I hope you’re having lots of fun with your kiddos this summer.

    Sarah

  3. says

    yep.
    you totally got me back! and right after i got all spiffed up for the day. (thank heavens for waterproof mascara!!)
    i feel much the same way..
    wish i had more pictures. it wasn’t until recently that i started photographing the everyday. but i feel like i haven’t taken enough this summer..
    and feeling like the worst/orneriest/meanest mom ever at the end of each and every day.. doesn’t help.
    let’s invent a time machine.. whadda ya say? ;)

  4. says

    Oh I feel you! I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster getting ready to send my one and only off to college. Mix of emotions…bursting with pride and excitement, panic, wondering where the time went, remembering all of those simple childhood moments. I know you’re making the kinds of memories that will get you through the inevitable moments like these! And of course, that’s why there’s chocolate! And yummy recipes like this one!

  5. says

    These would be perfect at any time of the day. I need a frozen treat right now with the heat here in Georgia. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  6. says

    beaUtiful…I feel your pain…I have less years ahead of me with my kids home than what has passed…TIME JUST PAUSE long enough so I can savor every little moment, instead of thankful that its passed…

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