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Monday, November 14, 2011

Salted Caramel Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Recipe


Have you noticed the increase in 'homemade oreos' that are in bakeries these days?  I decided that instead of trying to replicate the already perfect oreo cookie, I would try to make a sandwich cookie with a different filling.  What could be better than salted caramel?  You can make these for any time of the year- I just happened to need one last excuse to use my Fall Acorn and Leaf cutters before I move on to Holiday baking...

These chocolate cookies aren't too sweet... more of a sophisticated cookie- so, the buttery sweet and salty caramel is just the perfect compliment.  They are great after dinner cookies with a Pumpkin Spice coffee or even for breakfast, if you dare...

For the recipe for the Pumpkin Spice Latte/Coffee, click here!

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
with Salted Caramel Filling

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt.  In a mixer with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and powdered sugar.  Add flour mixture.  Incorporate egg and vanilla.  Form into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Remove plastic and roll one of the disks out onto a floured board to a 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut shapes.  Place cookies on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush off excess flour.  Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes until firm.

Sandwich the cookies with cooled Salted Caramel Filling...

Salted Caramel Filling


1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon of course Sea Salt

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together sugar and water.  Heat over medium low until sugar dissolves.  Swirl the pan to stir mixture.  Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a boil let the mixture cook until it is a light chestnut brown color, about 5-7 minutes.   Be careful not to let it burn - it can happen very quickly, especially if the heat is too high.  The mixture should be thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat.

With whisk, stir in heavy cream - be careful, the mixture will bubble up!  Continue stirring to combine.  Simmer over low heat until the cooked sugar melts into the cream and they are incorporated, about 2 minutes.  Stir in salt.  Let the mixture cool until it is the right consistency for the cookie filling.


Chill the dough in plastic wrap.


Roll it out onto a floured surface.


Cut shapes - these cookies work best as small cookies. 


I like to use silpat baking liners on my baking sheets - they never burn on the bottom and are very easy to clean up.


Bake just until firm.


I like to put the caramel filling into a piping bag to make it a neater process.   Isn't the caramel a beautiful color?


Make sure you get the caramel to a good thick, but still spreadable consistency.   Make sure it is not too runny - or it will just run off of the cookie!


Yum!

10 comments:

  1. Woah -- I've never thought about salted caramel in a cookie -- what a lovely idea! I bet it would be delicious between two molasses cookies, too...yum. So much better than oreos, yes!

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  2. omg fabulous! Just put on pinterest and twitter

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  3. Jenny -- I just found your blog! This recipe is fabulous, your photography is fabulous, and I love your story! Can't wait to start following! Thanks!

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  4. Hi Jenny...I just wanted to drop you a little note to say how much I'm enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and beautiful ideas. Wish we were neighbors! Tessa

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  5. These look so delicious! Will definitely have to try them!

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  6. Hi Jenny...what a great idea! I love your blog and I can't wait to start following. Lisa

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  7. I can't wait to try these. I am in love with salted caramel and this seems like it would be the most awesome cookie ever! You have an awesome blog!

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  8. The leafes are soo cute! And they look really delicious.
    It´s a pity there´s nothing like this in germany:-( I couldn´t find any backing form...to follow your design :-)

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  9. Jenny, these look divine! Can't wait to try them! I did a little salted caramel recipe round up on my blog & included your recipe!

    http://alterediris.com/2011/12/09/five-things-friday-a-shop-update/

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