My family enjoys baking during the Christmas season, especially baking these Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles.
HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL STUFFED SNICKERDOODLES
Now that four of my kids are teenagers, and one is a young adult, we still bake cookies together every year during the Christmas holidays. I think it is a lot of fun spending time with family in the kitchen. It is much more challenging to all cook together now that my kids are getting so big, but it is important to me to have fun in the kitchen with them. I want them to remember good times associated with family and food. Baking and eating cookies bring a big smile on everyone’s face. Everyone wants to help bake cookies or at least they want to hang out in the kitchen and sneak cookie dough when I am not watching like my eighteen-year-old son does. Sneaking cookie dough is fine with me at least he is in the kitchen and making fun memories.
When everyone is home and cooking in the kitchen together, I assign each of them something to do. I have one person read the ingredients and the instructions over and over. Reading the ingredients and instructions is a difficult job when it is so noisy in the kitchen, and everyone is asking the reader questions about the ingredients at the same time. Caleb, my special needs son, is our recipe reader when everyone is in the kitchen. He has memory and processing problems and cannot make a complete sentence, but he answers short and to the point that is perfect for cooking. He loves to tell people what to do, and he feels so important. If we are baking, I let one person measure all the wet ingredients, and one person gets all the wet ingredients together for that person. I assign the same thing for the dry ingredients. We have a system that works, but it is loud and crazy in our kitchen with all my teenagers. They are playing tricks on each other, sitting on the counter, throwing things to each other across the kitchen, and on and on. They are playing, laughing and having fun. YES! I have to tell them to get off the counter, etc., but I try not to get upset with them. I miss them so much when they are not home that seems like all the time now they are older. At least, during the week of Christmas, I know they will be home, and we can bake together.
Caleb loves to bake these Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles. I took our favorite Snickerdoodle recipe and stuffed them with caramel. The caramel was a perfect match with my Snickerdoodles. When you bite into one of these Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles, the caramel is melted and gooey, gooey.
My disclaimer: These Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles are meant to be eaten right out of the oven or reheated in the microwave for 10 seconds. Once the caramel cools down, it will harden and is not as fun to eat.
Baking Christmas cookies is a great activity to share with your children, especially during this holiday season. You will be making memories that last a lifetime.
Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles
- Preheat oven 350 degrees
- With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar.
- Add the egg and beat until creamy.
- Insert the baking soda, salt, cream of tarter, and flour.
- Mix until blended.
- Unwrap the caramels.
- Shape the dough into one tablespoons size balls. I use a one tablespoon size ice cream scoop.
- Wrap the cookie dough around each caramel or divide the cookie dough into two smaller balls. Press your thumb into each one. Add the caramel in the center and press the edges together.
- Carefully roll into a ball.
- Add the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl.
- Roll the cookie dough ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12 minutes and remove from baking sheet. These cookies firm up as they cool.
- Makes 24 - 1 tablespoon size cookies.
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