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Jamaican Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + standing Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 2-1/2 dozen cookies

I made these for an office party cookie contest—not a crumb was left on the platter! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Jamaican Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a microwave, melt 2/3 cup chocolate chunks; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in sweet potatoes, cooled chocolate, ginger and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape dough into 3/4-in. balls; place 2-1/2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in confectioners' sugar. Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, mix filling ingredients until smooth. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies.
  4. For chocolate coating, microwave remaining chocolate chunks; stir until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into chocolate or drizzle chocolate over the top of cookies; let stand until set. Store between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich cookie: 134 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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