I know it’s been awhile since anyone has posted on this blog- with Isabel preparing for college and me doing theatre, neither of us had much time to bake this summer. However, I came across this recipe on tumblr and knew I had to try it. They were a hit with everyone who tried one. I think they came out very well, if not entirely how they are meant to be. I didn’t feel like the caramel flavor came through as much as hoped it would; most of the cookies did not have a visible, noticeable caramel center like I had seen in photos. The caramels for the most part just melted into the cookie itself and added a little extra chewiness (which was still delicious.) My theory is that I either used the wrong brand of caramel (I used Werthers, but many other caramel-filled cookie recipes recommend Kraft) or that I did not put enough in per cookie. Also, I used coarse sea salt as recommended, but found that the coarseness prevented it from being evenly distributed, so you would encounter bursts of saltiness with some bites and not with others. It wasn’t particularly bothersome but it’s something I would want to improve upon if I made them again. The recipe also recommends measuring out two tablespoons of dough for a cookie, but I found this to be quite large; when the cookies spread out in the oven they started merging into each other.
Nevertheless, these cookies are irresistible and not particularly challenging to make. You could even omit the caramel and just make the brown butter snickerdoodles and they would still be great. I got this recipe from The Recipe Critic and I didn’t really change anything, so I just thought I would share my attempt at it and hopefully help you troubleshoot if you decide to make these cookies.
10/20/17 UPDATE: Since these cookies were so popular last time, I made them again this weekend for an upcoming cookie swap at work. I also sent some to Isabel at college, and I’ve been told they’re a hit. I used Kraft caramels this time, which was a significant improvement over my last attempt. Here’s a picture of this batch:
Salted Caramel Brown Butter Snickerdoodles