Why Pineapple Hill?

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.

Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chocolate AND Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Surprise
via Martha Stewart


Makes 36
  • 36 pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 individually wrapped caramels, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats); set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium speed for 1 minute. Beat in egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat to combine.
  4. Use a 1 1/4-inch ice-cream scoop to form a ball of dough. Place a pecan in the dough, pressing lightly to secure. Place the dough pecan side down onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and pecans.
  5. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, create an indentation in the top of each cookie and fill with 1/4 teaspoon of chopped caramel. Bake until firm, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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