Eat This: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Cups

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Cups

Every time I open my fridge, I see this bowl of Brown Eyed Baker’s salted caramel sauce staring me in the face.  Its like its begging me to make something with it, or just dig in with a spoon.  That’s what spoons are good for, right?  Eating caramel!

While I was visiting a local bakery on Friday (interview and photos coming soon), I was inspired to use it in a different way.  That different way came about in my kitchen today.  Husband ate them – right out of the oven, before the caramel even had time to set!  They are that good.

Here are two important criteria to remember when baking these: quality contents produce quality baked goods.  The two stars of these mini cups are the salted caramel and the chocolate.  I used a Dutch bittersweet chocolate for some of the chocolate in these cups and then the homemade salted caramel.  Taste matters when baking – not just precision!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Mini Cups
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 24
Caramel and chocolate - any complaints?
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup whole oats
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate (I used Droste Dutch chocolate)
  • Salted caramel sauce (I use the one on Brown Eyed Baker)
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Cream until smooth. Add dry ingredients then fold in chocolate and oats.
  2. Fill mini baking cups with one scoop - about 24-36 cookies.
  3. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  4. When you take them out immediately mash down the top to form a little holder for the caramel.
  5. Add a half teaspoon to the top. It will melt and then harden up as cookie cools.
  6. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk and a good book. Share if possible.

Homemade Caramel Corn

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No matter how you pronounce caramel – everyone must say that it is good stuff. My friend, Michelle, who makes the best sugar cookies in the world and taught me how, recently taught me how to make caramel corn because I knew she makes amazing stuff.
She walked me through step-by-step. I’ll try to do the same for you:
Enjoy (so much better than the giant canned stuff you usually get (or give) for the holidays).

3 1/2 bags light butter generic popcorn – popped
(You can do this ahead of time and have it in a bag, few days even)

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup

Stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Set the timer for 5 minutes. Stir constantly. Remove from heat after 5 minutes.

1 tsp baking soda.

Stir in and watch a science experiment happen! If wanting to add nuts, add now.

Pour popcorn in a giant metal bowl. Pour half of caramel sauce over the top and stir with a well-greased spatula. Then pour the rest over, stirring and mixing constantly.

2 pans (large cookie sheets with low sides

200 degrees
25 minutes flip then another 25 minutes

To flip popcorn, grease a spatula and your hands and fold the popcorn over.

Let cool for about 2 minutes then break it up and divide it up in bags or eat.