Caramel Cream Cookies

Hit the mark with these Goetze Caramel Cream cookies!  These bullseye-shaped caramels were my candy of choice as a kid.  Whenever we were on the road stopping to fill the car with gas, I’d pick out a package of these…  Back then, I would always poke the cream center out and give the “inferior” caramel ring to my dad to eat.  Now, I have a better appreciation for the entire caramel treat.  I’m growing up, guys!

What better way to pay homage to a childhood memory than with a cookie recipe in its honor?  This recipe concept came to me late on a Sunday night, when I knew that something was missing from my life… something chewy and salty-sweet.  The obvious next step was to dabble in the kitchen with what I had on hand.  Sometimes the best inspiration comes when you’re rummaging through the cupboard.

This cookie dough is full of brown sugar, which makes the cookies softer and chewier than a recipe that calls for white granulated sugar.  I also used brown butter instead of fresh butter so that the cookies would have a slightly nutty flavor.  The recipe calls for one egg and one egg yolk; by adding an extra egg yolk instead of an entire egg, you can create a cookie that’s more dense with a fudge-y consistency.

What do you think?  Are you a chewy cookie or crunchy cookie person?  Be sure to tag your caramel creations at @hadleygolucky on Instagram, I’d love to see what you create!

Scroll down for the recipe.

Caramel Cream Cookies

Makes about 1 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar, medium or dark
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt for topping
  • 1 package Goetze Caramel Creams

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Continue to cook and stir constantly until butter is a dark golden brown. Take the butter off the heat and let cool.  
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick mats. Set aside.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in medium bowl, and set aside.
  4. Add brown sugar and salt to bowl with cooled butter and mix until combined. Add egg and yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix just until completely combined.
  5. Form dough into balls, about 1 to 2 tablespoons each.  Press down a cream caramel into the center of each dough ball.  Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie.
  6. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets 3 inches apart and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees F 10-12 minutes until barely golden.  If they seem under-baked, that’s okay!  You want a soft cookie.  If the cream caramels aren’t melting enough, feel free to press them down into the cookie with a heatproof spatula halfway through the baking process.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

 

 

 

Sakura Branch Cookies: Happy Spring!

In honor of the first day of spring this past week, I made these cookies that mimic the spring branches that are swarming the sidewalks and shops in New York’s flower district right now.  I was delighted to stumble upon that part of town earlier this month… to my winter-weary eyes, it was proof that New York really has it all.

My first weekend of spring is shaping up to be pretty darn sweet.  I’m excited to attend the Dessert Goals festival.  Yes, the same festival that I went crazy for last autumn.  As the professionals say, dessert is always a good idea.  In addition to attending one of their food styling workshops on Saturday, I’ll be volunteering there on Sunday… anything to make the sugar-fueled dream last a little longer!  One day just isn’t enough, as I learned the hard way last year, racing to eat my way through sugary booth after oh-so-sugary booth.

There’s a fresh crop of vendors at the festival this spring, and I’m especially excited to sample the churros s’mores from Boqueria and the mini eclairs from Rare Bird Sweets.  Dessert Goals is without a doubt the best place to hunt down interesting new dessert mash-ups.

Just earlier this week, I was chatting with a friend about trying the Whole 30 diet… where you cut out dairy, sugar (gasp!), grains, and alcohol for 30 days.  What better time than the beginning of spring to infuse a little extra energy into my life?  I resolved to try it, but then, being honest with myself, decided that 30 days was not realistic and started considering a Hadley-customized “Whole 7” diet.

Nope, I still haven’t started that yet.  With Dessert Goals looming and with the Cherry Bombe Jubilee event on the horizon, it is truly my duty to abstain from healthy living, for the time being!

There will be plenty of time to go all-in later.  Balance truly is key, so for now, I’ll keep trying to inject my creations with fresh fruits and alternative ingredients.  I’ll save the Whole 7 low-down for another blog post.

Hope your spring is off to a gorgeous start, stay sweet!