Chocolate Caramel Balls Cookie Recipe
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened and divided
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 t. baking powder
18 caramels, cut in half
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. unsweetened cocoa
2 T. caramel ice cream topping
2 to 3 t. milk
Heat oven to 350° F. In large mixing bowl, combine 6 oz. cream cheese, the brown sugar, butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add four, 1/4 cup cocoa and baking powder. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.
Shape 1 measuring tablespoon dough around 1 caramel half to form 1 inch ball. Repeat with remaining dough and caramel halves. Place balls 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
In a small mixing bowl, combine remaining cream cheese and the frosting ingredients. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until smooth. Spread frosting evenly on cookies. Let dry completely before storing.
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