This Salted Caramel Blossoms Cookies recipe is a great sweet and salty twist on traditional Peanut Butter Blossoms!
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Life Lately: When your kid would make the best meme ever!
They recently had school pictures at our Daycare (and we are SO late with ordering ours). I can't remember if I mentioned this previously, but when I asked A what she wanted to wear for her photos she immediately said her Belle Dress.
Now when I say Belle Dress, I'm not referring to the cheap-o ones you can get at Walmart for $20 (like this Cinderella Dress that we have for her- it's cute and serves it's purpose but it's nothing fancy!). I'm talking about a super legit Belle Dress from the Live Action Beauty and The Beast movie that came out last year. My in-laws got that dress for her birthday and it really is beautiful. Of course A loves it too!
While a dress up gown wasn't exactly what I had in mind, my immediate thought was, "Why not?" She obviously loves it. It will make her happy. I'm pretty sure my mother inlaw will be pretty excited too! So I said, "Sure!"
When picture day came, I didn't have her wear it in because I didn't want her to get it dirty (she was going to eat breakfast when she got there, after all!). A was in pretty grouchy mood that day and I was barely able to get her hair into a ponytail much less a prettier hair style.
But I have to say, the picture came out really, really beautiful. A has her signature gorgeous, bright smile. The teachers worked their magic and she allowed them to pull her hair back in a really pretty way. But the most awesome part was the class photo.
Just like when we were kids, they did a class photo featuring all the kids and the teachers at the top. This was pretty epic. Because you have a sea of kids in their nice, casual school outfits. And then you have A in her fancy Belle gown. J and I and the teachers could not stop laughing because it looked like it would be the perfect meme. It would say "When your kid is Extra."
I won't be posting the class picture here, because the other parents might not be down with their kids name and photo being published on a public website but I'll share the girls photos when we get our order.
Do you ever have recipes that you absolutely adore, which then inspire you to create different variations of that? That's pretty much where I'm at with this recipe. You know all of us had eaten Peanut Butter Blossoms. You know, those chewy peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss in the middle? My mom makes them every Christmas and we all fight over them!
But you guys, what about Caramel? And more importantly, what about Salted Caramel?! These are seriously important, life-changing questions and I had to get answers (Melodramatic much? The answer is a resounding yes!).
These took a few tests to get them to where I needed them to be. My coworkers have been along for the ride (they love the fact that I bring allllll the food into work. and they loved these, even in the first test. But I think they got even better now).
I am a huge proponent of the salty/sweet flavor combo, especially in desserts. Even if it's just sweet, all dessert recipes need at least tiny bit of salt to highlight all the other flavors and balance out the sweetness. But this one is a true salty/sweet dessert and that's one of the things I love about it!
In place of Hershey's Kisses, I used Rolo's to add the chocolate element. And how could I make any sort of salted caramel food without adding a light sprinkle of Maldon Flake Salt- ugh, it tastes so good and look so pretty!
Make these for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday's, Parties, Game Day or just because it's Thursday and you deserve it! These will be an instant hit with anyone who tries them, especially your kids!
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Salted Caramel Blossoms Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup salted butter softened but NOT melted
- ½ cup packaged caramel sauce
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. kosher salt
- Additional granulated sugar
- Malden salt
- Rolo candy wrappers removed
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Beat butter and caramel until well combined.
- Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Beat in egg, milk and vanilla until well combined.
- Gradually mix in flour, baking soda and salt until it all comes together.
- Rfridgerate for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
- Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in additional granulated sugar.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden.
- Immediately after they come out of the oven (while the cookies are still hot) Press a Rolo into the middle of each cookie and sprinkle lightly with Malden salt.
Chilling the dough is super important in this recipe because it tends to be super stick and flatten out when baking.
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