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Death By Caramel Cookies Recipe

Death By Caramel Cookies

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"Based on an old South American spoon treat."

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Original recipe makes 20 cookies Change Servings


  1. To Make Filling: Pour the condensed milk into a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until hot. Stirring constantly, lower the heat to low and continue to cook the milk takes on a golden color, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and cover directly with plastic wrap. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Combine the flour, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, and the salt in a bowl. Cut in the shortening and the butter until crumbly. Beat in the yolk and the cream. Mix to form a dough, adding more cream if necessary.
  4. Roll dough on a floured counter to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2-1/2 inch rounds and place on ungreased sheets. Prick the top of the rounds a few times with a fork.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Cool on sheet 1 minute and remove to rack. Spread the filling on one half and sandwich with another round. Dust cookies with confectioners' sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 12, 2003


Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2009

The cookie were pretty bland. And the caramel was hard to work with. I could not spread it, so I had to heat it up again so I could spread it on the cookies. I made these for Halloween so I cut the cookies with a bat cookie cutter and then sprinkled the top of every other cookie with black sugar before baking them. Then I also added red food coloring to the caramel. They looked great when they were all done.


9 Ratings

Mar 05, 2009

They take some work, but they are good, if you know what you're biting into! It is a special sort of treat. Reason for the 4 stars: The cookies were very crumbly once baked, and I made about twice as many as the recipe says - any larger and they would have been hard to handle.

May 28, 2008

These are sooo good, in Peru they are called Alfajores.

Jan 24, 2008

The cookies themselves were nice, but who wants to stand there and stir the filling for 25 minutes straight? I actually had to cook mine for 45 minutes on medium heat before it took on any color. The filling also has a sharper taste than caramel, more like strong butterscotch, and I personally didn't like the flavor combined with the vanilla extract. I would make the cookie recipe again, but change the filling to 1 bag of caramels melted with 2 tbsp. water or cream. Easier and probably better-tasting.

Dec 02, 2002

Are we the only fortunate ones to have experienced death by caramel cookies and lived to write a review?!

Feb 02, 2004

NOPE!!! We didn't care for these at all!!!! Sorry

Dec 23, 2009

These cookies were OK. Not really caramel though, they were more like labor intensive sugar cookies. We could not get the dough to roll out and ended up making balls and flattening them. The "caramel" sauce (which took 25 min) balanced out the bland cookie, but I would rather make an easy sugar cookie for the same tase.


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  • Calories
  • 526 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 91 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 32.4 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 120 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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