Monday, December 2, 2013

Soft and Crispy Brown Butter Pecan Caramel Cookies

Guess what folks???

The Christmas season is officially upon us! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. But now it's time to move on from the turkey and start embracing the wonder of the upcoming season. For me this means a lot ot things, but it also means cookies.

Lots and lots of cookies.

Ever since I was little I can remember my Mother was always busy preparing for Christmas with a lovely assortment of cookies she made to pass along some sweet holiday cheer to family, friends and neighbors.

I also do this now as they always are a welcome gift. And I think I definitely score some points with my kids teachers as they are always VERY happy to receive treats of any kind from me. But seriously, cookies packaged in a tin, mason jar, on a platter or wrapped up pretty in  box with a bow make great little gifts that just about anyone enjoys.

I have  a lot of new additions I am adding onto the menu this year and I will start with these.

Brown Butter Pecan Caramel cookies.

When I first tried these I firmly believe I died and went to cookie heaven, but because I may or may not be biased towards my own personal taste preferences, I decided to share them with  people. Based upon the reactions from several independent sources, it was concluded that these are freaking amazing and need to be shared with the world

These potentially have the power to help move us closer to world peace...

Sweet, buttery, soft and crispy with these have that extra ummpppphh of the browned butter that just builds upon the flavor and pull all the ingredients together in a group hug that embraces your taste buds in an amazing way.

This is what you will need to make them....
  • 2 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Butter (how to make here)
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar (white)
  • 1 Package 3.5 oz Instant White Chocolate Pudding   (If you can't find this Vanilla flavor will work.)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Caramels
  • Parchment paper for lining your cookie sheets
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add your brown butter with your sugars and mix well. Add in vanilla extract mix and eggs and mix. Add in instant pudding mix and combine all ingredients well. In a bowl add in flour salt and baking soda and mix well, add into batter 1/4 cup at at time until incorporated well.

Now add in all the fun stuff.  I choose to add in pecans, caramels, white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips, because that was the flavor combo I was looking for, so keep in mind you can add in whatever you like and not add in whatever you like. Either way you do it, these will still be the best cookies in the history of ever!

I scooped them onto a baking sheet using a tbsp. measuring spoon to keep the sizes consistent. If you want them to make a bit flatter rather then fluffier, pat them down a bit before you bake them.

Bake for 9-11 minute. The tops should be slightly golden brown.

Pour yourself a tall, cool glass of cold milk and embrace the deliciousness.

And if you are feeling extra adventurous, before you bake them strategically place a caramel smack dab in the middle, so when you take a bite you will get something like this. No other words are needed and you are welcome :)

Seriously though, these cookies were such a great surprise and such a hit with others that I just needed to share them with you all. And I do hope you will try them and feel the same way about them!!

SO what is your favorite stuff to add into cookies?????

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