Alicia, a longtime reader and fellow blogger (over at The Slacker Kitchen), wants to try flavor variations on my stuffed Golden Girls cookies. She asked:
“Have you thought about filling the Golden Girls with caramel?”
Caramel's a difficult ingredient to use as a cookie filling. If the caramel is really liquid (like a jarred caramel sauce), it will get absorbed into the cookie. If the caramel is too hard (like a Sugar Daddy candy), the stuffed center of the cookie will be really, really crunchy (and could potentially ruin any dental work you might have). But fear not! I have a trick for those of you jonesing for a caramel-stuffed cookie.
I haven't tried those individually wrapped caramel cubes/chews, but I think they might be a little too tough to work as a cookie filling. Rolos are chocolate-coated caramel candies that stay soft yet semisolid at room temperature, and they work really well. I've used Rolos successfully in my The Girl Scouts Are Gonna Be Jealous and Chocolate & Salted Caramel cookies. So I'd stick with the Rolos.
I haven't done a caramel-stuffed version of my Golden Girls. Give 'em a try, Alicia, and let me know how they turn out!