Merry Christmas Eve! I’ve been on a cookie baking frenzy lately. I made about 10 dozen cookies in the last week, no exaggeration. I’ve been giving them out as gifts (and of course sampling along the way). These cookies are decadent, bursting with flavor, and not as hard as they look to make. They have to be my favorite I’ve made this season, so here’s my gift for you if you’re trying to spice up Santa’s cookies this year. I honestly think it would be your automatic ticket to the nice list. Pair with a cold glass of almond milk and you’re set.
- 1 3/4 c AP flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 14 tbsp vegan butter/coconut oil
- 3/4 c dark brown sugar
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp flax+3 tbsp water mixed
- 1 tbsp applesauce
- 1 1/4 c chocolate chips
- 2 heaping handfuls of pretzels
- 8 coconut milk caramels cut in half
Line 2 baking sheets and preheat oven to 375. Melt 10 tbsps of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly for about 1-3 mins, until starting to turn brown and developing a nutty smell. Transfer to large bowl and add remaining butter until melted and incorporated. Add brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until combined. Add flax mixture and applesauce and whisk rigorously for about 30 seconds. Let stand for 3 minutes, then repeat mixing for 30 seconds. Repeat process two more times. Mixture should be smooth and shiny. Use a rubber spatula to fold in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips and crush pretzels into mixture. Create 16 three tablespoon size dough balls. Wrap each one around each of the caramel halves. Place on 2 lined baking sheet 2 in apart. Bake for 10-14 minutes until browned on the bottom and firming up top.
Tips/Things I Would Change:
- I used Cocomel Caramels, but feel free to use whatever you have
- The cookies don’t flatten too much since they are filled, so don’t be worried if they look a little thick. As long as the bottoms are browned you should be good.
- These are just as great out of the oven as cooled in my opinion, just an FYI