Do you suffer from someone in your life who constantly shoots things down? I’m not talking about your weird uncle who shoots cans in the middle of nowhere. I’m talking about those people who always respond negatively whenever you say something.
Aka, Shooter Downers.
I have several Shooter Downers in my life, and I have to say, they make conversations quite difficult. Virtually nothing can be brought up without being shot down like some violent conversation sniper.
For instance, say you and the Shooter Downer in your life are talking about the ice cream you’re eating together. It’s bubblegum, your favorite, and you are talking about how much you love it.
“Bubblegum ice cream? *makes disgusting, distorted face* YUCK, I hate bubblegum ice cream. It’s so disgusting and foul!!”
Or, per chance you walk by and Shooter Downer catches a whiff of your perfume. They ask what it is, and you respond. “I like florals,” you explain. Shooter Downer happens to loathe floral perfumes and everyone who wears it. “I wish I could kick the face of anyone wearing a floral perfume,” they’d reply. “Floral perfumes are revolting and are probably Devil piss.”
The moral of the story? Shooter Downers are awful, negative people. You need to douse them with floral perfume and give ‘em a taste of their own medicine. Or, ya know, just unfriend them.
Hello, it’s 2012. You can unfriend anyone you friggin’ want to. Thanks, Facebook!
Something you do want to friend? Me. I’m an awesome friend, and I won’t make you feel like a loser if you like butter pecan ice cream or like smelling like an old woman. Hey, it’s your life–I’m just neutral on your smells and frozen dairy favorites. Unless you actually do smell like Devil piss, in which case, meet me at Sephora, we need to talk.
I recently brought these Cinnamon Caramel-Filled Snickerdoodles to one of the Shooter Downers in my life, kind of testing them to say something bad about them. They couldn’t. I honestly don’t know if that was because they’re just so delish that negative words have no place for ‘em, or if they were too chicken to say it to my face… but then again, who really wants to value their opinion? If they don’t like bubblegum ice cream, I’m sorry, but you don’t have a place here no mo’.
And uh, the cookies are delicious. Chewy, buttery snickerdoodles stuffed with a cinnamon-spiced caramel candy. When baked, the cinnamon caramels ooze out of the snickerdoodles with each bite. They’re positively divine, y’all.
1 box white cake mix
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or substitute vanilla extract)
About 1 Tbsp cinnamon
About 24 caramel squares, unwrapped
Cinnamon sugar (just mix an additional 1 Tbsp cinnamon and about 1/2 cup sugar together in a bowl)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, butter and vanilla bean paste until blended and a soft dough has formed. Meanwhile, gently dredge the caramels in a small bowl of the ground cinnamon, just to coat them.
3. With moist hands (I just lightly dip mine in water), roll out a heaping Tablespoon of dough and gently flatten the dough ball in your hand. Press a cinnamon-coated caramel candy in the middle of the dough ball, bringing the dough around the caramel to completely cover and seal it. Roll the dough ball in a bowl of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat until all dough balls have been stuffed + rolled.
4. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake time, until golden and just set. Allow to cool several minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Store leftover cookies airtight, at room temperature, for 2 days. These taste great at room temperature, but become instantly ooey gooey when warm.
Like I said, it’s hard to shoot down these cookies! I am obsessed with cinnamon + caramel together; the flavors just merry so well and the cinnamon lends the already buttery caramel a rich, spicy depth of flavor that’s just SO good. When combined with the buttery, chewy snickerdoodles, it takes one of my fave cookie flavors to a whole new level of rich flavor. I’m weak for cinnamon! I. Love. It. And I know you will, too!
Have a wonderful Sunday!!