Caramel Crumb Bars…Cookies We Love, A Saveur Cookie Challenge

Can it be that time of year again? A year ago, our group of bakers were challenging ourselves  for a second year of  12 Days of Cookies . At the beginning its all fun, but midway one starts to run out of steam with all of the other holiday demands. For that reason we didn’t decide until last minute to do it again. It’s a love hate thing with the cookies, but we do miss it so. It wouldn’t be the holidays without baking. Rather than add any more pressure or calories, to our already busy lives, we are keeping it light and easy this year. We love  Nick Malgieri’s Smart Cookies From Around the World, in Saveur, we are going to just do a cookie a week for the month of December.The option to do more if desired, is always open.

So to begin , I’m starting off with a favorite from New Zealand, Caramel Crumb Bars. A bar type cookie built on shortbread, with a spread of caramel , and then more crumble.Buttery, crumbly, and chewy with a rich caramel, they are simply sensational. I’m tempted to make another batch with nuts perhaps. I could easily eat the whole tray. Click here for the recipe. I found the recipe easy to throw together. Just be mindful of the instructions, as you will not be using all of the butter or flour at the same time. While I worked on the caramel, I chilled my sheet pan in the freezer. The only other word of caution I can give is to watch that caramel and keep stirring. But all in all this is simple recipe with maximum flavor.

Check out the other Smart Cookies in our Holiday Baking Pursuits.

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13 thoughts on “Caramel Crumb Bars…Cookies We Love, A Saveur Cookie Challenge

  1. Chris

    Yeah! Love these. Butter? Caramel? So great! And, I am so excited your baking group is underway again. Its always fun following y’all! 🙂

  2. Joanne at Frutto della Passione

    Personally, I’m glad you are doing it again. I follow your 12 days of cookies every year and I use a lot of the recipes. Every year I have a Christmas open house (2 days, 3 pm to midnight) and friends and neighbours drop in for something to eat and drink, a chat and they all leave with a box of cookies. So I start baking and freezing cookies mid-November – sometimes earlier. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new cookie recipes so I am very, very glad you are keeping up this tradition!!! (Like how I made it all about me 😉 !)

  3. Kelly

    Glad to join you in this again, Courtney! And we made the same cookie to start. So hilarious. Didn’t we do that last year, too? I’d be interested in hearing what you thought of this caramel. Interesting texture for my efforts. I like your small crumb on the top. Nice looking cookies 🙂

  4. Andrea Meyers

    Thanks for getting us going on another mad cookie adventure! Caramel is my absolute favorite sweet and it’s very hard to resist these. You did a lovely job as always.

  5. Di

    These look delicious. I love caramel, and this looks like an interesting recipe. I’ll keep your tips in mind when I make them.

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