Lest you think that every cooking adventure I embark upon is successful, let me just show you what happened in my oven the other day.
Yes, those are exploded potatoes, and some of their guts recently decorated the inside of my oven. I was making this recipe for breakfast burritos and followed the recipe to the letter. I know better than to bake potatoes naked in the oven without poking them first, but was so focused on following the recipe exactly, that I didn't poke them....against my better judgment. Lesson learned. The burritos themselves are really delicious and I was able to salvage enough potato to make them work, but if you decide to make them, the cautionary tale here is to poke the darn potatoes.
Now, this next recipe is one of those decadent, deadly recipes you save for special occasions like holidays, or PMS-must-eat-all-the-chocolate days. Don't laugh, while I may not have them any more, I do remember what they were like. My memory's not that far gone yet. Uber-chocolate flavor on these and the caramel center is the nice surprise. I found the recipe here and you should make them....today....because it's National Talk Like Shakespeare Day and that's close enough to a holiday for me.
"Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:"
I guess you could compare these cookies to a summer's day, but the caramel in the middle would probably melt if you left it out in the sun.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bag of Rolo candies, unwrapped
Sugar (for rolling the cookie dough balls in)
Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. (I highly recommend this step. Any leakage of the caramel through the cookie dough makes it stick to the pan like crazy. Do it....really.)
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract. Mix until blended.
Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and blend well. Take a spoonful of chocolate cookie dough and wrap around one unwrapped Rolo candy. Make sure Rolo is completely covered with cookie dough. Roll dough ball in sugar and place on prepared baking sheet. (You might notice I didn't do this step. It's OK. They taste just fine without the extra layer of sugar.) Continue until you run out of cookie dough. (I didn't come out even with the dough and the Rolos. I had some dough left over and just rolled it into balls without the candy center and baked them with the others. Worked just fine and really, I'm not going to waste chocolate cookie dough, right?)
Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.