One of my favorite things about the Holidays is all of the yummy holiday baking. I love, love, love baking sweet treats for friends and family. Recently I combined two of my favorite recipes, these Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies and my great aunts shortbread to come up with this delicious salted caramel shortbread recipe. These Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies are sure to become the perfect addition to your holiday baking too!
I love to set out a platter of Holiday baking at every party or gathering that I host during the season. Candy Cane Brownies, Eggnog Cookies, Peppermint Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies and Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies are just a few of my favorites. These shortbread cookies make a great addition to my baking line up as well, they are totally worth the time it takes to make them! They are sure to be a hit with anyone who loves traditional shortbread, promise!
How to make salted caramel shortbread:
- Cream butter and icing sugar.
- Add flour and cornstarch.
- Add vanilla and mix until a soft dough forms
- Roll into walnut sized balls and place on a greased baking sheet.
- Use thumb to create an indentation in the centre of each cookie.
- Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 350.
- Do not over bake, cookies will seem soft still.
- Re-press indentations if needed and allow cookies to cool on a wire rack.
- Add caramels and heavy cream to microwave safe bowl.
- Heat in microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring until caramel softens and cream is incorporated.
- Use a teaspoon to fill indentations with caramel.
- Sprinkle cookies with sea salt.
- Melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle over cookies.
Tips for Holiday Baking:
- Double or triple recipes to make large batches of goodies. This allows cookies and bars to be made in an assembly line fashion and speeds up the process.
- Pick holiday recipes that compliment each other and look good plated together. For example every year I like to make Candy Cane Brownies, Eggnog Cookies, Cranberry and Pistachio Shortbread and Peppermint Dipped Chocolate Cookies for a good variety.
- Participate in a Holiday Baking Exchange! This is a great way to prepare for a season of holiday entertaining.
- Start baking early and store goodies in the freezer until they are needed. I use these large Rubbermaid food storage containers (aff link) to save a mixture of cookies and bars in my freezer so that I have them ready to go for Christmas parties and gatherings all season long.
The original shortbread recipe is one from my Great Aunt Esther and is a classic in our family. My old recipe card has seen better days, proof that this is a well loved cookie!