When it comes to chocolate preference I am a milk chocolate girl. In my opinion, you either appreciate bitter flavors such as dry red wine, strong coffee and extra dark chocolate or you don’t. I don’t. With one exception. If dark chocolate is balanced with nutty caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt to balance the bitter notes, I start to sing a different tune. Most desserts in general need the right amount of salt to balance their sweetness and there is no better example of that balance of flavors than dark chocolate and salt. When I saw these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies in Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook, I ran to the store to buy a bag of Rolos and got baking immediately.
You usually have to choose whether you want chewy, gooey brownies or the crispy corner pieces of the batch, but with these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies, you don’t have to choose, you get both. Imagine a richly dark chocolate brownie-like consistency cookie bursting with semisweet chocolate chips and oozing with soft caramel when you bite into it and that is what you get with these cookies. If you aren’t salivating yet, you might want to consult someone about that.
A light sprinkle of sea salt to balance out the chocolatey richness, and these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies go down in the record book as one of my all-time favorite decadent treats. These mouthwateringly delicious cookies are just one of the 75 irresistible recipes that you will find in Sally McKenney’s book Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts for your Sweet Tooth Fix.
Sally began her blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction, not long ago, in 2011. I have continued to be impressed by the rapid growth and success that she has had. And let me tell you, she is as sweet as her desserts! I feel like I have gotten to know Sally just through correspondence we have shared between blog comments and emails and I am so happy when good things happens to good people. Sally’s beautifully photographed cookbook has chapters covering Breads & Muffins, Breakfast, Brownies & Bars, Cakes, Pies & Crisps, Candy & Sweet Snacks, Cookies, Cupcakes and Healthier Choices. Each recipe is accompanied by a full page color photo so you know exactly what you are going to be enjoying when you begin making one of Sally’s recipes. This Brown Sugar Glazed Apple Bread is high on my list of what to make next.
Sally works hard testing her recipes to get them just right and so many of her recipes offer helpful tips that she has discovered that will help you to have success when recreating one of her treats. For example, she has discovered that rolling cookie dough taller than it is wide results in cookies that have some substance and stay more puffy rather than becoming totally flat when they are baking. Who doesn’t love a thicker cookie?
Sally’s book has a dessert for any occasion you may be celebrating and one of the nicest aspects of her book is that there are no fancy, special ingredients that are difficult to find. The book is filled with approachable treats that will bring a smile to any face you present them to.
*Race Point Publishing provided me with a review copy of Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fix but all opinions are, as always, my own.