Soft shortbread cookies topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans. These Caramel Pecan Cookies are a winner!
Guys (and gals), I have a confession to make. We tend to lag behind when it comes to upgrading technology around here. I mean, we do get there…but sometimes it takes us a bit of time. We were a solid year or two behind on getting smart phones. (To be fair, we were in grad school at the time. Smart phones sounded like fun, but so did eating something besides peanut butter sandwiches.)
We were also a solid two or three years behind on getting a snow blower once we moved to upstate New York. We stubbornly believed that two shovels were just as effective, and we convinced ourselves that it was a good workout. Then came 2014: the year of the Polar Vortex. (Remember the Polar Vortex?) We now have a snowblower. We were also way behind on some of the more popular tv shows. We started borrowing the Game of Thrones DVDs from our neighbor, and now we’re hooked.
The other night, my wife left to go play in an all-women’s curling tournament. That meant I was home alone all Saturday afternoon and evening. Since we are at the height of college basketball season, I lit a fire in the fireplace and watched a game or two (a game and a half to be exact). Then I curled up on the couch and read several chapters of the first book of Game of Thrones. (See, I told you we get on board…we’ve seen all of the episodes, and now I’m working my way through the books.)
But something was missing. Snacks. My sweet tooth was calling my name, so I hopped up and made a batch of Caramel Pecan Cookies. It’s a good thing I had to wait a bit for the caramel to set or otherwise I might have eaten the entire tray of cookies before my wife came home! (My wife took half of these cookies with her when she went back to the curling club the next morning. The container came back empty.)
So these Caramel Pecan Cookies. Um, yeah, you need these in your life. Think shortbread cookie loaded with caramel and pecans on top. These seriously might be one of my favorite cookies ever. I made my own caramel topping for these, but you could totally cheat and use store-bought caramel. However, I must say that making caramel is kinda fun. It took me several attempts at first. I had a tendency to cook it too long, and that led to a not-so-pleasant burnt caramel flavor. If you’ve never made homemade caramel, give it a shot…add it to your repertoire of kitchen skills!
As for me, I’m gonna head back to the couch with my Game of Thrones book. Winter is coming.