I love simple recipes,recipes that take minimum time and are nearly foolproof to be embraced by the beginners at baking as well as experts who find it hassle free. I had a coffee morning at my place last week for a bunch of lovely ladies and since there were lot of things on the menu (you will find a picture of the spread too incase you are curious;), I wanted a simple non-chocolatey cookie but also not just a plain cookie. These cookies were made in real quick time and while they were baking, the caramel was made. I garnished it with sea salt which is quite different and salty and relatively expensive than normal table salt. The kick it adds to really sweet things is unmatched. I am loving this new ingredient and trying it with different recipes. Will post you more about this but for now a recipe of cookie that needs no rolling, cutters or cookie pressers.
Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
adapted from Kevin and Amanda
Unsalted butter 2/3 cup
Castor sugar 1/2 cup
Vanilla 1 tsp
All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
Brown sugar* 1/3 cup
Butter 1/4 cup
Whipping cream 2 tbsp
Sea salt a few pinches
* I used dark brown sugar hence the color, you could use light brown as well
1. To make cookies, beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a bowl until creamy.
2. Add in flour and beat at low speed just enough to mix.
3. Make 1.5 inches ball and place them on parchment lined cookie sheet making sure there is room for spreading.
4. With back of a round small spoon like I used my measuring spoon or you could use your thumb to make indentation on every cookie.
5. Refrigerate for 1 hour atleast and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 C for around 12 minutes, rotating half way in between. Refrigeration is necessary for minimal spreading.
6. Make the indentation again as they might have risen up after baking.
7. Make caramel by melting sugar and butter together. When the mixture starts boiling, simmer for a minute and take it off the heat. Add cream and mix. Cool before filling 3/4-1 tsp in each of the cooled cookies.
8. Sprinkle sea salt and enjoy!