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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies ~
24 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1 can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1/2 stick of butter
1--10 oz pkg of Lorna Doon shortbread cookies
4 cups (2 12-oz packages) semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup shortening
1 t glycerin
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine caramels, sweetened
condensed milk, and butter. Microwave 1 minute, stir, and
continue to microwave in 1-minute intervals until caramels are
about half-melted. Continue to stir until caramels have melted
completely. Cool somewhat to thicken. Line 2 cookie sheets with
waxed paper. Set aside. Using a soft, clean pastry or basting
brush, brush excess crumbs from each cookie. Allow caramel to
cool a bit. Using a butter knife or frosting spreader, spread
the top of each cookie with caramel and place on cookie sheet.
Freeze for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate, shortening, and glycerin
in a double boiler over very low heat. Remove from heat. Leave
second tray of cookies in the freezer while dipping the first.
Using scissors style kitchen tongs, pick up cookie so that opposite
corners slip into the sides of the tongs. This will hold it securely
while dipping it without disturbing the finish of the candy. Dip the
cookie into the chocolate and swirl a couple of times to coat. Tap
tongs along side of boiler to shake off excess chocolate. Drop on
waxed paper to cool. Repeat with remaining cookies. Work quickly
so that the caramel stays cold and neat. Heat the chocolate a bit
between trays, as the cold caramel will have caused it to thicken
a bit. Allow candy to cool and harden for several hours before
storing in an airtight container. Separate layers with waxed paper.
Makes 40 cookies
For gift giving, package cookies in a cellophane bag.
Place cellophane bag in sponge painted gift box. Use
homespun fabric or Christmas ribbon for the bow.
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