These were unbelievable straight from the oven, (weren't as good after they cooled)! I reheated them in the microwave for 10 sec to warm them back up to goodness before eating. They taste a bit like a turtle brownie, and can't imagine making these without nuts on top as it was an excellent texture contrast. I added 1/4 c more flour, 1/4 c more cocoa powder, and 1/2 tsp salt (most cookies have some in them). I used plain caramels. I didn't use any of the nuts in the actual batter, for fear of getting the dough smooth around the candy. I used greased baking sheets, but parchment paper would be better. I didn't have much problem with the bottoms coming out, but you can easily remove the paper for cooling. Damp hands helped with the rolling part. I preferred using room temp dough, the cold dough had to thaw in order to spread anyway. I made a ball, stuck the caramel in, and worked it up around the candy. If you like a fluffier cookie, put these in the fridge for 15 min or so before baking. I let these cool 5 min, then transferred to cooling racks, and some of them bottomed out. I would leave on the baking sheet or parchment until completely cool. Mine needed almost 10 minutes to get firm enough bottoms so that they would hold up. Hope this helps!
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These were unbelievable straight from the oven, (weren't as good after they cooled)! I...