Happy Marian Feast Day!
Our little tradition for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is to make a caramel treat, it's a delicious start to get us thinking. It's also a fun play on words and a real Starbucks ordering debate! I am constantly being corrected by the barista for the way I order anything caramel flavored.
How do you say it?
Car-mel or Car-a-mel?
Either way you say it when you're making this treat will be fine, but there's only one way to say it when referring to the apparition of Our Lady on Mount Carmel! :)
A devotion to her is one that is close to my heart, not long after starting college I decided to wear the brown scapular. But, if you would like to learn more about it you will have to scroll down passed the recipe. From personal experience, I don't like too much talking before the recipe because it usually means a lot of scrolling to get what I came for. With that said, let's get going!
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 Minutes
Yields: 24 Cookies
Assemble the Gang
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (homemade or store bought)
Fun Sized Snickers Bag
Caramel Drizzle (squirt bottle is easiest)
Muffin Tin (for mini or full size muffins)
Grease your tin with any cooking spray of your choice. I may or may not know how to aim...
I used a mini muffin tin, which you may not be able to tell from this picture. I prefer this size because the bite size snickers fit perfectly in the center!
Take a piece of your cookie dough and press it down with your thumb in the center.
Then shape the cookie dough around the sides to form a cup. Try your best to make the cup even around all sides so that it bakes evenly.
Repeat that until your entire tin is full, then treat yourself to a little bite of leftover cookie dough. Sneaky sneaky!
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes! The cookie dough will rise so when you take it out and you have lost your cup shape, don't fret, they will fall back down.
Unwrap the bite size snickers and place them in the center of each cup.
When you have placed a chocolate in each cookie you are going to pop those babies back into the oven for another minute or two depending on how melted you want them.
This is my little special step!
I did one minute, just enough for the chocolate to soften and form to the bottom of the cookie cup. Y'all, my mouth is already watering!
Let the cookies cool a bit before trying to take them out of the muffin tin. Then put them on a paper plate or paper towel to drizzle the caramel sauce. This makes for a much easier clean up.
After you have drizzled them all, give the cookies a few minutes to set!
Serve them warm and gooey, or chill them in the fridge. I love cold candy bars, but either way, your family is going to love this treat!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pray for Us!
The "Our Lady of Mt. Carmel" Scoop!
Mt. Carmel, a holy mountain in northern Israel, was home to the Carmelite order. The monastics who lived there had a deep devotion to Our Lady with a chapel dedicated to her. In fact, St. Teresa of Avila called Carmel, "the Order of the Virgin," because of their love and celebration of her. After political and religious conflict in the 13th century, the Carmelites left and fled to Europe where they established monasteries in northern England. It was here that the Carmelite, St. Simon Stock, received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady. With it, Mary gave her promises for those that wear the scapular with devotion. The Scapular is a sacramental that symbolizes her protection to those that consecrate themselves to it in a special way.
For more information on the Brown Scapular, read these resources!
Let's say this prayer together!
“O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity. O Star of the Sea, help and protect us. Show us that you are our Mother. Amen.”
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