One of my best friends, Caryn, had her 21st birthday this week and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for my fraternity's formal. Obviously, I needed to stock up on cookies.
Caryn's birthday was a fun time, and people loved the cookies. We went to the Nitty Gritty for dinner, after all it is the birthday place of Madison, and then everyone who was able to, went out to celebrate with her for her 21st. I, unfortunately, headed back to my house to watch Revenge in my PJs and get ready for middle school in the morning. I really can't believe how old I am getting. This was my third time at the Nitty for Caryn's birthday. I feel really grateful to have made such great friends in college and it's really shocking to me how fast time is flying by.
|The birthday crew|
|All ready for dinner :)|
Homemade Caramel Delights (adapted from Once Upon a Plate)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
0-2 tbsp skim milk
12 oz caramel sauce
3 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more)
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Next, mix in the vanilla. Then, add milk (a half tbsp at a time) until the dough comes together.
3. Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2 inch sized round cookie cutter to cut out circles from the dough (I used a cup from my kitchen) then use a smaller circle (a large straw or a small cap from a bottle will work) to cut out the little holes in the cookies. Repeat until you use all the dough, re-roll as needed.
4. Place the prepared cookies on the parchment lined pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.
5. Once cookies are cooled, preheat oven to 300, spread the coconut out on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Stir the coconut after every 5 minutes to make sure that it is evenly toasted.