Bite-sized, nutty and incredibly more-ish these cookies bring together a heavenly flavour combination – caramel, peanuts and oats.
- 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 145 g (⅔ cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract or essence
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 100 g (⅔ cup) plain flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 135 g (1¼ cups) quick cooking oats
- 80 g (½ cup) salted roasted peanuts
- 250 g jar dulce de leche or caramel
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Chilling time 1 hour
Cooling time 30 minutes
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg and golden syrup and beat until well combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a medium bowl. Stir through the oats and peanuts. Add to the butter mixture and beat on lowest possible speed until just combined and a dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line a large oven tray with non-stick baking paper.
Roll teapoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place about 3 cm apart on the lined tray (you will have about ⅔ of the mixture left over). Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cool the cookies on the tray. Repeat with the remaining mixture in two more batches.
To sandwich the cookies, spread a little of the dulce de leche on the underside of a cookie and sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with the remaining dulce de leche and cookies.
• These cookies will keep in an airtight container in a cool spot, but not in the fridge, for up to 4 days.
Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Anneka Manning. Food preparation by Tina McLeish.
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This recipe is part of our Bakeproof: Caramel.