Warm Caramel-Centred Lava Cookies
Warm Caramel-Centred Lava Cookies
Munch on this simply delicious cookie recipe by Anna Olson from Bake with Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time 25 minutes
  • Yield 12 to 16 servings
Ingredients
  • Caramels:
  • ⅔ cup 1% or 2% milk
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cookies:
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cinnamon sugar, for rolling
Method
  1. For the caramels, grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Heat the milk, cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Add the granulated and brown sugars and whisk, bringing the mixture up to a full simmer. Once bubbling, reduce the heat to medium and whisk constantly until the mixture reaches 248 °F (120 °C) on a candy thermometer. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt and vanilla. Pour the caramel into the prepared pan and let this cool completely to set up (12 hours). Alternatively, you can use purchased soft caramel candies in place of the homemade.
  2. Remove the cooled caramel from the pan and cut into ¾-inch squares (you will have extra, that can be cut and stored in an airtight container). You will need 12 for this recipe.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  4. Cream the butter and brown sugar together by hand, with electric beaters or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth and then beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt over the butter mixture and stir in. Mix until the flour is no longer visible – the dough won’t fully come together, but will hold together when pressed. Use a large ice cream scoop to scoop the dough. Flatten each piece of dough in your hand (it will not be sticky) and press a caramel piece into the centre and push the dough around it to cover it completely. Shape the dough into a ball by rolling between your palms and roll each cookie into cinnamon sugar to coat. Place the cookies onto the tray leaving 2-inch (5 cm) between them. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the cookies brown just a little at the edges (don’t bake longer or the caramel may leak out of the centre).
  5. Cool the cookies for 10 minutes on the tray before removing. The cookies can be enjoyed now, or cooled and reheated for 5 minutes in a 325 °F (160 °C), or they can be assembled and then baked to order.

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