[Day 9] Salted Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cookies / by Elise Joseph

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!

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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