Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

I found this recipe in Taste of Home and it has since become one of my favorite cookies to make for Christmas. 

CARAMEL FILLED CHOCOLATE COOKIES                              4 doz.

1 C. sugar

1 C. brown sugar

1 C. butter, softened

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/2 C. flour

3/4 C. cocoa

1 tsp. bkg. soda

1 C. chopped pecans

48 Rolo choc. caramel candies, unwrapped 

4 oz. vanilla candy coating

In lg. bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, brown sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, blend well. In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; mix well. Add to sugar mixture; blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup of pecans. Cover and chill 30 min. Heat oven to 375°.  Put 1/2 cup remaining pecans in a small bowl, set aside.

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For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 Tbs. dough around 1 caramel candy, covering completely. 

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Press one side of each ball into chopped pecans. 

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Bake 7-10 min. or until set and slightly cracked. Cool 2 min. on cookie sheet then cool completely on rack. Melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly. Drizzle over cooled cookies. 

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Enjoy within two days or store in freezer.

© Being Fruitful, 2012