These Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies Are Ideal for Baking During the Winter

You don't have to give up baking just because the holidays are over. Investing in a new cookie recipe and staying inside during the winter can be the ideal activity. 

The Institute of Culinary Education suggests trying these salted caramel-filled pecan shortbread sandwich biscuits if you're looking for a tasty take on an old favorite.

With only a few ingredients, the shortbread portion of this dish may be prepared in a matter of minutes. In a food processor, pulse flour, brown sugar, cornstarch, butter, 

vanilla extract, and ground pecans until dough forms. The dough should be wrapped and refrigerated for half an hour. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut it into circles to form the cookies.

After baking for 8 to 10 minutes at 350°F, the shortbread biscuits are excellent on their own, but the addition of salted caramel elevates them to a whole new level.

"There are a few things to remember while working with caramel because it might be intimidating for first-timers. 

ICE chef Carrie Smith tells Mental Floss that the first is making sure you have the appropriate size pot for the quantity you're dealing with. "It can't be your smallest saucepot or sauté pan, but it does need to have some room."

Heat the sugar and water in a medium pot to make the caramel sauce. At this point, the caramel doesn't need to be stirred; just watch it carefully to avoid burning. 

Smith claims that "agitation causes crystallization." "Sugar crystallizes and becomes dry and gritty, which is why we don't stir it while it cooks."

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