Outback’s Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet


One of my favorite restaurants to eat at is Outback Steakhouse.  Outback was founded here in Tampa Florida in 1988. The original restaurant on Henderson Bouvelard is still open. I have so many favorites that I have tried and enjoyed the many years since I have been dining there. Their Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet is my latest favorite. The star is the cookie with white chocolate chips, toffee bits and pretzels. Just the cookies alone would be delicious. Outback changes their menu frequently so when I find something I like, I try to figure it out so I can enjoy it at home after it vanishes from the menu. 


Ingredients:

1 c flour
1/2 t baking soda

1/2 salt

1 stick butter, room temperature 

6 T granulated sugar

6 T brown sugar

1 Egg

2 t vanilla

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup toffee chips

1/2 cup pretzels, crushed into small pieces (I placed mine in a plastic bag and crushed them with a rolling pin)

Vanilla Ice Cream

Salted Caramel ice cream topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and set aside. Mix together softened, granulated and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Stir in white chocolate chips, toffee chips and pretzels. 


No skillet?  No worries, just make a big cookie on a cookie sheet and eat it from a bowl when the cookie is baked. I highly recommend parchment paper or a silpat on your cookie sheet if you are just baking cookies. 
Place cookie dough in a small cast iron skillet or make big cookies on a cookie sheet. Bake 8-11 minutes for normal size cookies. If you are making larger dessert size or skillet size cookies on a cookie sheet, they will take longer. I used a 6″ cast iron skillet and mine baked about 16 minutes. Time will vary with the size of cookies you make. Top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel ice cream topping. Serve warm. This recipe yields 4 very large cookies.  Enjoy!

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Red, White Chocolate and Blueberry Cheesecake 

It’s time to celebrate Red, White and Blue and our Nation’s holiday, Independence Day. My bloggers friends and I showcasing some brand new, yummy treats that would be perfect for all Patriotic gatherings. Happy Fourth of July!

  

Crust:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs, I used Keebler

2 Tablespoons of sugar

1 stick of butter, melted

Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and place into a springform pan. Form crust on the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer. 
Cheesecake:

3  8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature 

1 cup of sugar

3 eggs, room temperature 

2 Tablespoons of cornstarch

2 Tablespoons of vanilla

3/4 cup sour cream

*1 12 ounce package of white chocolate chips
Microwave white chocolate morsels in a microwave safe bowl, according to package directions. Cool 10 minutes.  *This is optional, you can make a delicious cheesecake without the white chocolate. 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cream cheese and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add cornstarch and combine. Add vanilla, sour cream and cooled white chocolate and blend well. Place in springform pan and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes until center is about set.  Cool for 15 minutes and remove ring from springform pan.  Cool completely and place in refrigerator. 
Garnishes for flag decor:

Blueberries

Strawberries, sliced in half

Heavy Whipping Cream, 8 ounces

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare whipping cream by placing mixing bowl in refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes.   At a high speed, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar to form stiff peaks.  Place thick layer of whip cream on top of cheesecake. This will act as the “glue” to adhere your fruit on the cheesecake. Place blueberries in the upper left corner in a triangle shape. Add sliced strawberries straight across the cheesecake to form stripes. Use remaining whip cream to pipe stars between the strawberries. Refrigerate. God bless America!  Enjoy!

  
 
 

 Please remember to visit the links below to get all of fabulous Ref, White and Blue Recipes.  

Easy Butter Cake With Berries http://mooreorlesscooking.com/2015/06/29/easy-butter-cake-with-berries/
Patriotic Pie http://cookingfomasahm.blogspot.com/2015/06/patriotic-pie.html
Star Spangled Cannoli http://crumbsinmymustachio.wordpress.com/2015/06/Star-Spangled-Cannoli/
Patriotic Fruit Pops  http://www.therowdybaker.com/?p=3787