Monday, December 16, 2019

Caramel Almond Cookies #Christmas Week + book #giveaway from Maya Corrigan


From MAYA:

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For Christmas Week I'm sharing a easy recipe that makes yummy holiday cookies. At my house we bake a lot of cookies in December. Every year, in addition to making our traditional holiday cookies, we try one new cookie recipe, and the whole family votes on whether it’s a keeper. Last year the vote in favor of caramel almond cookies was unanimous. They will be part of our holiday baking from now on. With only five ingredients, they are quick to make.




The cookies bake in a standard size muffin pan. The recipe makes enough to fill two 12-cup muffin pans. You can use either a nonstick pan or foil cup liners in a regular muffin pan.

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients
8 ounces (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 ½ cups sliced and skinless (or mostly skinless) almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
Add the sugar and honey. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
Stir in the heavy cream and continue stirring over low-to medium heat until the mixture turns a light caramel color.
Add the almonds and stir until they are evenly coated.

Fill the muffin cups about 1/3 of the way up and flatten the mixture by pressing down on it with a spoon.
Bake the cookies on the middle rack of the oven until the contents of the cups are bubbling and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and cool the cookies in the muffin pan for 8-10 minutes. Use a knife around the edge to loosen each cookie from the cup. The bottom may be soft and the cookie a little floppy. No worries. Transfer to wax paper to cool and, once it’s set, it will be flat.

If using foil cup liners, take the cups from the pan. When cool, remove the cookie from the foil.
Note: Using foil cups may result in caramel spikes sticking up from the top of the cookie. I broke them off once the cookie cooled.


If using only one muffin pan and the foil liners, put in new liners for the second batch.

Adapted from a recipe for Florentines by Bettyanne Hershfield (Winnipeg, Manitoba) via Washington Post recipe columnist Bonnie S. Benwick.

Melted butter with sugar and honey

Butter, sugar, and honey cooked until light caramel color appears

Almonds added to mixture
Cookies ready for baking

Cookies after baking

Note the spikes at the top of cookies baked in foil cups.

Cookies with spikes broken off, ready to serve

 MERRY GIVEAWAY
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any of my Five-Ingredient Mysteries.  
Are cookies part of your holiday celebration?

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Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm Eastern time.

Have a wonderful holiday with lots of reading and eating!




56 comments:

  1. Please enter me! Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  2. Oh thank you for this recipe. I LOVE simple. LOL I will have to try this for our christmas celebration. When our kiddos were growing up, I had a bunch of cookie recipes for a press that were all from my husbands grandmother. Even the press. It still works today and we have been married 36 years. Anyway, the kids and I would make a list of who we wanted to give cookies to. We go buy the number of tins necessary. Then we would start baking up a storm. We filled all the tins and personally handed them out. When they were younger they wanted to give cookies to all of their friends etc. So some of those I made little bags that would fit about 5-6 cookies. As they got older the list for those would dwindle, they became more picky with who got cookies, LOL Part of growing up. We would bring them to The Smanski Christmas Party. And my sister in law would to the same for this day. Funny though how we had the exact same recipe but they tasted different. Our kids are now 34 and 32 and they have come up with their own tradiitons that involve giving cookies away during this season. I have loved watching how they enjoy giving to others and how they make it their own version. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Lori, Thank you for sharing that story. Cookies have played a similar role in my son's and my daughter's life. They both bake for the holidays, taking some of the pressure off me for holiday celebrations.

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  3. I'm not a fan of nuts in things, but love almond flavor - bet I could grind them and they would still be delicious - thanks for such a great page and all the contests you do - trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Taylor. My brother-in-law isn't a fan of nuts either, so I always make cookies without them for him. Fortunately, he's fond of chocolate, so it's easy.

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  4. Always looking for new, not too complicated, cookie recipes. Thanks!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Gloria. I look for not too complicated recipes for everything!

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  5. Those cookies look delicious. And yes, I always bake at least one batch of cookies this time of year. The holidays wouldn't feel right without cookies! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Hi Marla. I feel the same way about holiday cookies.

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  6. Merry Christmas! The carmel almond cookie looks delicious. Christmas cookies are one of the best Christmas treats. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Merry Christmas, Dianne. I like cookies anytime, but especially at Christmas.

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  7. Yummy and delish. Thanks for these lovely cookie recipe. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Yes, they are. My favorite Christmas cookie is Pfferneuse and I have to have some every year. I have a recipe for them that I need to try as well. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. These sound like tasty fun.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  10. Oooh I need to add these to my cookie list. I have a recipe for Molasses Krinkles that is my favorite to make for Christmas.

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    1. Molasses Krinkles sound great. If you'd like to be in the drawing for a free book, please leave your e-mail address.

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  11. These cookies look yummy. bella_ringer@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Debbie, and good luck in the raffle.

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  12. Thank you for the recipe! I will have to try this one! I have an Amish Sugar cookie recipe that I love to make! I already have all of your Five-Ingredients Mysteries in paperback so no need to enter me! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you have all the books in the series and for commenting. I hope you like the cookie.

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  13. These look really good and they are gluten free! Yeah!! I can't wait to try this. Thanks. I really enjoy this series! Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  14. I make cookie platters for my neighbors every year and will definitely add these to my trays this year. thank you for the recipe
    robsnest60 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Robin. I wish I were one of the neighbors who get a cookie platter from you. :-)

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  15. We spend Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa (& ourselves). A lot of those treats are cookies.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. These look delicious. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
    dlc1228@gmail.com

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  17. Cookies are always my favorite thing to bake. They make the house smell so good! These cookies look delicious! Renee (mickeymania1@aol.com)

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    1. Cookies are almost the only things I bake. Have a great holiday!

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  18. Ginger, chocolate chip and sugar cookies are baked for the holidays. Thanks for the recipe - sure to be a hit.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  19. Always have to have cookies. My mom and sister and I would decorate sugar cookies every year. We still try to get at least some type of favorite cookie done for the holidays and we'll try a new recipe too.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Alicia, Cookie decorating is a great family activity. Enjoy the holidays.

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