Easy to make, and filled with aromatic vanilla and sweet caramel, this recipe for Simple Vanilla Caramel Cookies makes a wonderful tasting treat.
Baking at home brings back so many memories for me. The smell of cookies, the racks of baked goods on the table, and sharing with friends/family/neighbors.
In New Zealand (where I’m from in case you didn’t know), these are known as “Hokey Pokey Biscuits”. Hokey Pokey is a New Zealand term for honeycomb toffee. It generally refers to an amazing ice-cream flavor (vanilla with toffee bits), but is also a treat on its own. The smell alone makes small boys lose their minds, making them unable to resist grabbing a couple of cookies before
their poor mother has had a chance to photograph them they are cooled!
These cookies don’t require a stand mixer or fancy gadgets, which, obviously is awesome.- we make the toffee/caramel, then mix flour and baking soda into it, scoop, flatten and bake.
There’s a tricky part, only in that you can’t let the mixed dough cool too much, or it becomes crumbly and un-scoopable. You need to work fast so that it’s still pliable, and able to be scooped onto cookie sheets.
If the entire recipe doesn’t fit on on cookie sheet for you, I recommend grabbing another one and scooping and flattening right away, and baking together. If you only have one rack in your oven – don’t worry, just switch the sheets out one after the other. The point is – scoop and flatten the entire bowl! I forgot about that… and baked one sheet, leaving some dough left in my mixer. When the first sheet was done, I tried to then work with my remaining dough. No go!! It had basically set, and was useless (except, I just used it as a crumbly topping for some baked apples – so, happy accident, but still less cookies).
What’s YOUR favorite kind of cookie?
Simple Vanilla Caramel Cookies
- 9 Tbs salted butter
- 1 Tbs cream or whole milk
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Combine the butter, cream, white and brown sugars, and vanilla in a saucepan and stir over a medium heat.
- Cook, stirring constantly until it begins to bubble.
- Allow to cook only about 30 seconds more, then remove from heat and allow to cool to a warm temp.
- Sift the flour and baking soda together, add to the cooled caramel mixture and stir well.
- Scoop mixture into balls, place on a line baking sheet, and press down with a floured glass, or a fork (or your thumb!).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes until easily removed.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Don't let the mixed dough cool too much, or it becomes crumbly and un-scoopable. You need to work fast so that it's still pliable, and able to be scooped onto cookie sheets.
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