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Gooey Salted Caramel Vanilla Butter Cookies

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These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!! So excited to share these incredible cookies with you today! They are outrageously delicious. The vanilla butter cookie is decadently soft and buttery. It melts in your mouth! The luxurious pools of gooey salted caramel join in to send these Gooey Salted Caramel Vanilla Butter Cookies over the top!!

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

They are super gorgeous and impressive so they are perfect for any cookie swaps you my have coming up!

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

Here’s all you need to make them. Brown sugar, a little heavy whipping cream, vanilla, butter, flour, eggs, and sugar.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

The cookie part calls for 2/3 cup butter, which seems like a weird amount, but it’s usually labeled right there on the butter for you. Just use two 1/3 cups.  It’s about 11 tablespoons.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

Mix the butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 egg yolks, and a teaspoon of vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the flour and beat on low speed until well combined. Shape dough into 1.5″ balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

Now you will need to make an indentation in the dough for your salted caramel sauce. You can use your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon handle.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

I used a  wooden pestle dipped in flour, because the dough is kind of sticky. Now these cookies are so buttery that they tend to spread a lot, so you will need to chill the dough before baking. I recommend chilling overnight. They need to be really cold and firm! You could also stick them in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. The great thing about these cookies is that you can chill in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 72 hours! You can also freeze them and bake them straight from the freezer. So you can do all the hard work one day, and then just get up the next day and bake. Easy! When you’re ready to bake, bake at 375 for 8-10 mins

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

While the cookies are baking, it’s time to make the salted caramel sauce!  Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking and stirring for one minute. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in whipping cream until smooth. Cool for about 15 minutes.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

When the cookies come out of the oven, you may need to press them down again slightly in the center to make a good shallow pool for the sauce.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

Let the cookies cool completely, then spoon about 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce into center of each cookie. Let the caramel set about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, like kosher salt or Fleur De Sel.

These Salted Caramel Cookies are SO soft and buttery. The perfect vanilla butter cookie! But topped with gooey salted caramel?? I die!!

They are SO addictive!! Enjoy, fellow butter lovers!! Hope you love these cookies as much as we do!! :) xoxo

Gooey Salted Caramel Vanilla Butter Cookies

Yield: 12-14 cookies.

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Salted Caramel

  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Kosher salt or Fleur De Sel

Directions:

  1. Add 2/3 cup butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy. Add flour and beat on low speed until well combined. Shape dough into 1.5-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make an indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or end of wooden spoon handle. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm or up to 72 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake cookies directly from refrigerator for 8-10 minutes. When the cookies come out of the oven, you may need to press them down again slightly in the center to make a good shallow pool for the sauce. Cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, make the salted caramel sauce. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking and stirring for one minute. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in whipping cream until smooth. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce into center of each cookie. Let the caramel set about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, like kosher salt or Fleur De Sel.

Adapted from Land O’Lakes.