Brown Butter Salted Caramel Pretzel Thumbprint Cookies. I love these cookies and I know you will too.
A few weeks ago I finally got to sit down for a few minutes with a pile of my favorite recipe magazines holiday issues, thinking I would actually have time to read them/look at the pictures. One I actually have a subscription to but the rest I bought off the rack at the store. I love the holiday issues. Usually way more amazing recipes and photos than every other month and I always find tons of new cookie recipes to try to add to my list that I make every year or to replace one I make. If I always kept adding to my list I would have to start baking cookies in July to get them all made by Christmas. Maybe.
I was flipping through Food Network’s December issue when these caught my eye. I have a mad love affair with salted caramel ANYTHING. So I HAD to make them.
I have to say that I made more than once batch because the word for word follow the recipe exactly from food network was a fail for me. Taste was ok – a little bland and they were so crumbly that one bite they fell apart. So it was back to the drawing board. I still wanted the combo of the salted caramel and pretzles but it needed something else. Something more… I know! Brown the butter! Yes!! Add bourbon! Even better!! I also have a thing for brown butter and bourbon in baked goods like from these cupcakes I made. mmm cupcakes.. I haven’t made any in a while. I think I just might make some soon. Oh yes where were we? These cookies
Another thing I love its salt. I salt everything but with GOOD salt. Himalayan pink salt. Hawaiian red Sea salt. And this amazingly HUGE flaked Maldon sea salt that I used on these cookies. If you dig the sweet salty thing with cookies, desserts whatever, I highly suggest trying Maldon. The taste is so amazing, and the flakes don’t really melt. Its the only salt I will bake with now when making something salty sweet.
I also cheated a little with these cookies. Normally I would make caramel sauce from scratch. However, I adore the Trader Joe’s Fleur De Sel caramel sauce, or Trader Jaques as they call it. I
could eat this stuff straight out of the jar. So I thought it would be perfect for these cookies. Plus its already made and making homemade caramel is tricky so I wanted to play it safe. And have an excuse to buy a jar or two of this stuff.