Nutmeg-Spiced Salted Caramel–Almond Cookies

Nutmeg-Spiced Salted Caramel–Almond Cookies

Enjoy a leisurely teatime celebration with tasty Nutmeg-Spiced Salted Caramel–Almond Cookies.

Nutmeg-Spiced Salted Caramel–Almond Cookies
Makes approximately 36
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  3. 2 large eggs, separated
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  6. ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. 1½ cups chopped sliced almonds
  9. Caramel (recipe follows)
  10. Kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°; line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, nutmeg, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined. Roll mixture into 1½-inch balls.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy.
  5. In a separate small bowl, place almonds.
  6. Dip cookie balls in egg whites, letting excess drip off; dredge in almonds to coat. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Using a spoon, make an indentation in center of cookies.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully press indentations down again; bake until cookies are lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  8. Spoon warm Caramel into indentations in cookies. Let stand at room temperature until caramel is cool. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve immediately, or store in airtight containers for up to 5 days.
Makes approximately 2 cups
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  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. ½ cup water
  3. ¼ cup light corn syrup
  4. ½ cup butter, softened
  5. ¾ cup heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
  1. In a large skillet, whisk together sugar, ½ cup water, and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is honey-colored, about 10 minutes. Add butter, whisking until melted. Remove from heat, and gradually whisk in cream until mixture is smooth. Pour into a heatproof container. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  1. Note: Leftover caramel is delicious spooned over pound cake or vanilla-bean ice cream.

Read more in “Sugar & Spice,” on page 81 in the November/December 2016 issue of Victoria magazine.

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