I needed a rebound after the Spritz Sugar Cookies disaster. I’ve made the Glitter Ball cookies twice and they turned out great, so I went for another sandwich cookie.
Everyone loves caramel, right? Well, not me, but I made them anyway.
This recipe was one part cookie, one part filling. Both challenging.
Step 1: Gather some of the ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, butter, sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, egg yolk
The powdered sugar goes in the filling, but I didn’t realize that at first. Just pretend it’s not here yet.
Separating the yolk from the egg white looked really easy in the video. I ended up dropping the yolk in the bowl with the whites. When I picked it up, it broke. Not as easy as it looks.
Step 2: Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Step 3: Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk.
Step 4: Stir in flour mixture until dough forms.
What is this? It did not look like dough. It was totally powdery. Crap.
Step 5: Drop dough by level teaspoons onto cookie sheets.
This was really difficult. I really had to pack the dough powder into the teaspoon in order for it to come out solid. Half of them crumbled and I had to redo them.
Step 6: Bake for about 8 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
CHECK OUT MY SWEET TIERED COOLING RACK! It has 3 total and I got it on clearance for $4! Cookies look pretty good, too.
Next up: the filling. Make a caramel sauce.
I’ve heard horror stories about burning sugar. I’ve never done it before.
Step 7: Gather caramel sauce ingredients: sugar, butter (cold, cubed), salt, vanilla, heavy cream.
Step 8: Heat sugar over medium-high until melted and brown at edges, about 3 minutes.
I pre-heated the pan because I didn’t know whether to do it or not.
15 seconds later: BURNT SUGAR! Ugh.
That was quick! Pre-heating the pan was probably a bad idea.
Step 8 again in my other saucepan.
This was going much better! Right after this picture, it was perfect! I turned around to get the butter and when I turned back…BURNT!
You can’t see it, but my kitchen was filled with smoke. Oh, and that “Chef Papi” apron was a gift from Jordan. Mmm papa love you.
Before I could repeat step 8 for a third time, I had to clean out the pans. Kristina suggested pouring it in the garbage. That turned into a melted bag and hardened sugar on the floor. After we scraped that up, I ran hot water for a few minutes until all the sugar came out.
If I hadn’t already made the cookies, I would have probably given up right then.
Step 8 a third time. I didn’t take my eyes off it.
“QUICK, KRISTINA! TAKE A PICTURE!”
Step 9: Whisk in butter, coarse salt, and vanilla.
Step 10: Whisk in heavy cream.
Look! It’s perfect caramel!
Step 11: Beat together butter and caramel sauce with a wooden spoon.
More butter? Was this recipe written by Martha Stewart or Paula Deen?
My hand cramped. It hurt.
Step 12: Beat in powdered sugar.
More pain. This better be worth it.
Step 13: Spread frosting on flat side of cookie and top with another.
Step 14: Hold ’em over your eyes.
I got: 39
Start time: 9:40
End time: 11:25 (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Martha’s estimated time: 45 minutes
What did I learn?
- Don’t take your eyes off of the sugar you’re cooking.
- BE PATIENT. That one’s hard.
What do I need to learn?
- Why was the dough so powdery? Was that right?
- I was supposed to get 3/4 cup caramel sauce, but only got 1/4 cup. Why?
Pretty pretty. And everyone likes them. I’m back, people.
Those look super yummy!! Where did you get that tiered cooling rack? –> Totally awesome!! Still enjoying reading your blog. Keep up the good work! ~Krystal
I want at least one of these but I prefer two with the morning/late afternoon coffee.
These ones seemed frustrating! Caramel is tough… My suggestions: use a slightly lower heat setting than recommended, might take longer but doesn’t burn as quickly and if you do burn the sugar dump a bunch of water in the pan and turn the burner up (it will loosen up the hardened sugar).
Nicole’s suggestion is much more practical and diplomatic than my throwing the pan out of my house and screaming obscenities. Yes, caramel is a cruel and unyielding mistress.
I like your suggestion.