The first time I had these cookies was last Christmas when my husband ordered them from an online bakery after one of his friends suggested them. They might not look like anything spectacular, but I’m telling you, these cookies are addictive. They have a nutty, caramel flavor and when you add a drizzle of chocolate (or sandwich two of them together with chocolate), they will have you coming back for more…which may or may not be a good thing.
Anyway, after having them for the first time, I was on a mission to find the perfect recipe and make them myself.
I found this recipe on the Food Network and at first the only adaptation I made was to omit the orange zest. (I forgot to buy an orange…it worked out okay though, since I’m actually not a huge fan of the chocolate/orange flavor combo.)
Although the end result was melt-in-your-mouth amazing and lovely to look at as well, I had a major mishap while making these. I made the batter and let it sit to cool as instructed. Then when it was cool enough to handle, I went to scoop it and it was hard and crumbly! I scooped the batter into little crumbly balls and baked the first tray like that, thinking that perhaps it was how the batter was supposed to be.
It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong…the cookies held their “ball” shape and didn’t flatten out or turn caramel colored. I have no idea what I could have done wrong, but it must have been something important! In an attempt to save the cookies I added water to the batter. I actually ended up adding quite a bit of water (I didn’t measure but I think it was around 1/3 cup), so that in the end the batter had a consistency like Cream of Wheat. I re-scooped the batter and baked the cookies and (very surprisingly!) they came out perfect.
Once the batter has been “saved” (by adding water), it will resemble Cream of Wheat porridge.
Compared to many cookie recipes, these are a bit more time-consuming to make, but they are definitely worth the work. They’re gorgeous. Delicate, thin, and crispy, with a nutty, caramel/butterscotch flavor…and the chocolate really makes the perfect addition!