Caramel Snaps

Hello, the friends!  Sorry for my long absence.  Holidays and such yadda yadda.  Will be better and such yadda yadda.

Now I will share with you my most favorite cookie.  It is the cookie-est of all cookies, the heart of what every good cookie should be.

It is the caramel snap.  I invented them, yes, me.  (I haven't bothered to Google yet to see if anyone else has also simultaneously invented them a la Picasso and Braques with Cubism...I probably never will, because I DID IT ME!)

I'd been experimenting with caramel sauces, specifically Joy's Almost Burnt Salted Caramel Sauce.  Her recipe made more than I knew what to do with (I'm sorry to admit there are times even I don't know what to do with so much caramel).

Then one night I was craving gingersnaps and I thought, molasses = sticky sweet sugary substance that is key to cookie perfection.

And here I have all of this caramel sauce.


Do it.  Do it.  Do it now.  Put salt in it.

I love you.

Caramel Snaps
adapted from Ginger Snaps on Sally's Baking Addiction (these are my favorite soft ginger snaps)

Makes 2 - 2 1/2 dozen

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup caramel sauce
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  In the bowl of a stand or handheld mixer, cream the butter for about 1 minute on medium speed.  Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about another 2 minutes.

Add the caramel, egg, and vanilla.  Beat well, about another minute.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet on low speed.  Cover dough with foil and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar (I used coconut sugar, because I had it on hand).  Place balls 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 6 - 8 minutes, or longer if you like them crispy.  Cookies will be puffy.  PUFFY IS GOOD.


Juliana Levine said...

This cookies look great Violet...simple and so tasty!
Happy New Year!

Easyfoodsmith said...

These sound amazing!!

a. maren said...

thank you juliana! happy new year to you!

a. maren said...

thanks easyfoodsmith for dropping in :) i've been MIA lately!

Erin | The Law Students Wife said...

Too much caramel sauce might be one of the best problems of all, especially if it ends in COOKIES.

jeannesioux said...

I had one of these once. It was wonderful!!!