Want a delicious cookie with a fun candy surprise in the center? These Cinnamon Caramel Cookies are easy to make and will have everyone smiling when they find the hidden caramel center.
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So, surprises…do you like them, or could you do without them?
I have to say I’m not a big fan of surprises. I like to know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen. Of course with teenage boys that isn’t always an option I get. They like to jump out at us from random corners. My hubby spilled a cup of coffee all over himself one night when our son popped out from behind the laundry room door. Now that was funny stuff…well, until I am the next surprise victim.
Want to know what totally surprised me the other day?
I was doing a little grocery shopping before picking up the kids from school. Who am I kidding…I was getting cookies, eggs, candy, and a few cake mixes. You know, just a normal shopping trip for me.
Anyway, I walked down the cookie aisle to grab a package of Nutter Butters (stay tuned for a recipe using those or make a batch of these Peanut Butter Nutter Butter Brownie Bars if you cannot wait) when an older gentleman started a conversation with me about the few items in my cart versus the many in his cart. Now this was not your normal conversation…you know the feeling when someone starts flirting with you, right? This was totally the vibe I got! I couldn’t get out of that aisle quick enough…then I passed him again, and he gave me this big smile. Yup, definitely time to get out of the store!
To top it all off…he had gray hair! GRAY HAIR!!! Surprised was definitely how I felt at this new development. Seriously I can’t be that old that older gentlemen are flirting with me. My hubby just laughed his head off when I was telling him about it! I’m glad he found it super amusing!
Now one surprise I do like over and over is candy hidden inside cookies! Surprise candy inside cookies = good! Surprise flirt attack from an older man = not good!!!
These puffy cinnamon cookies look all innocent, right? That is until you bite into the cookie and find a soft caramel center!
Last week I asked for some cookie inspiration from my Facebook fans. I wanted to know what your favorite kinds of cookies were. Overwhelming the answer was Snickerdoodle. There were a few mentions for caramel, chocolate, chip, honey, peanut butter…I can’t wait to try a few of your ideas. I appreciate the inspiration!!!
One reader mentioned these Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles from Maria, and that flavor combo just wouldn’t leave me alone until I made something similar.
You know by now that I am in love with cake mix cookies! They are one of my favorite “box item turned homemade with flair” things to make. The cream cheese added to the dough makes them so soft and puffy!
Now you do need to make sure you add some refrigeration time to your wait time. The melted butter and cream cheese need time to firm back up before you can roll them into nice round balls. Then flatten each ball and hide a mini caramel candy bar inside each one! I did take my time rolling them back up. You want to make sure there are no holes or cracks for the caramel to escape from when baking!
Then hand out boxes of cookies to your friends and just sit back and watch for that surprised reaction that will come when they find the soft caramel center. It’s priceless!
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