Friday, July 31, 2009

Caramel Cookies

The simple things are often the best, aren't they? From lying on freshly mown grass staring at the blue sky with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, to holding the one you love, to watching a puppy bound around, it is life's basic pleasures that bring the most joy.

Similarly, the most basic of recipes can be the most appreciated and reap maximum rewards. So it is with Donna Hay's recipe for caramel cookies from The Sunday Mail on 19 July 2009. They are very simple to make, with limited mess, limited fuss, and limited ingredients - but taste truly delicious. These cookies would be perfect to get your kids to make on the weekend while hanging with their friends, and best of all, they can eat the fruits of their labour.

Tempted? The recipe is as follows:

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup
60g butter
1 ½ cups self-raising flour
8 jersey caramels or other soft caramels, halved

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Melt the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Remove the butter mixture form the stove and stir in the sifted flour to form a dough.

Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls, place on baking paper-lined baking trays, and press flat with a fork. Press half a jersey caramel into the top of each biscuit, then bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on trays.

Have a great weekend folks - take some time to enjoy the simple things.


aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Ooooh, oooh - I need one of those RIGHT NOW to go with my cup of tea!

adele said...

My sister asked if I could bring her butter toffee cookies the next time I visited. I think this might be the perfect recipe to tweak. :)

Y said...

Simple pleasures? Couldn't agree more. Sometimes all you need in life is a handful of cookies :)

veron said...

I do not need this late at night. Now I want one before I go to bed! :)

A_and_N said...

Cookies with caramel! That is a new one for me :) Good!

Gloria said...

These cookies are lovely, so lovely and yummy! Gloria

Cakelaw said...

LOL - thanks Ghetti, if you were closer, i'd definitely send you one.

Hi Adele, if you do, would love to hear how you get on.

Absolutely Y - nothing can be wrong with the world when there is a yummy handful of cookies around.

LOL - sorry Veron!

Hi A&N, you'll never look back ;)

Thanks Gloria :)

Anonymous said...

That is a simple recipe. Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

My friend and I tried to make these cookies, both with the same results. The caramels just melted during cooking, coating the biscuits. Not to say this spoilt the taste but they were not attractive and the recipe was thrown in the bin by both of us. If someone can tell us how you can possible put a caramel in the oven and have it keep it's shape, I would be very grateful.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Anonymous, I used rather hard jersey caramels from K-Mart in Australia (BOLS brand) rather than the lovely soft ones that I'd prefer to eat as is. This may have had a hand in this working OK for me. Another suggestion is to use a lower oven temperature and bake them for a bit longer - I had no problems with the directions in the recipe given by Donna, but ovens are variable.