[Day 9] Salted Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookies

Day 9 :: Salted Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookies
The sweet Olivia Rae James is stopping by today to share the cutest and tastiest holiday recipe! This time of year I'll I want to do is eat, eat, eat -- so I'm always happy to welcome in new sweet treats. Don't miss Olivia's blog, Everyday Musings... it's full of yummy things, pretty photos, delightful stories and more. Thank you, Olivia!


chocolate vanilla bean cookies with salty caramel glaze

During the holidays, I become (even more) obsessed with baking. My family and friends actually get annoyed because we constantly have more sweets around than any human should ever consume. While I adore classic peppermint and spice-flavored recipes for the holidays, I also love to try out new ones. I came across Joy the Baker's salted chocolate vanilla bean cookies, and I knew I had to make them for their cute looks alone. Turns out, they taste amazing too - especially with a salty caramel glaze. Joy's recipe is perfect as is, but here is an easy recipe for the salty caramel I added on top. (I also recommend sprinkling coarse sea salt on top of the caramel for a finishing touch). Enjoy!

Salty Caramel Sauce (adapted from Ina Garten)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean)

Directions: Cook sugar and water over low heat until sugar completely dissolves. Increase to a boil until mixture turns to a medium brown (about five minutes). Gradually add heavy cream and vanilla, watching closely. Let simmer until sauce thickens (keep a close eye on the caramel the entire time, as it can burn easily).

chocolate vanilla bean cookies with salty caramel glaze
chocolate vanilla bean cookies with salty caramel glaze
chocolate vanilla bean cookies with salty caramel glaze


AbbieBabble said...

I think I need to make these now- they look amazing!

Whitney said...

Mmmm. Aha! My family is always SUPER happy around the holidays because I bake a lot more...but...at the same time I end up taking part of the sweets to others because if I didn't...well...the holiday pounds would soar.
Cookies look amazing :)

carissa said...

oh my gosh these look amazing! I'm making these for sure!

A Flourishing Perspective said...

Oh goodness--Yum!!! These look delicious. I think I need to make some.

Oh yes! At my house too we have tupperwares FULL of desserts we've made and it's awful because you want them all! :)

Happy Christmas<3 Love all your Christmas posts!


kelly ann said...

oohhh, my mouth is watering. thanks, olivia, i NEED to make these! ;)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

hiii, just wanted to tell you my mom ordered me that zig zag sweater from your etsy shop!! i had been eyeing it for awhile and i think i even commented once or twice about it...anyway, we did our family Christmas today - a few days early to accommodate all schedules - and i was so happy to see it! :)

jasmine said...

those look so pretty & yummy!!

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh yum! Definitely saving this recipe!