I am not really much of a baker. Baking involves things like measuring and following recipes because it is a matter of chemistry and science, what with the flour and the baking powder and the baking soda. Or at least, that’s what I’ve heard.
But for part of a holiday present I wanted to make some kind of cookies involving caramel, and the lovely Betsy forwarded me this recipe. We consulted back and forth a bit, mostly about the fact that the instructions for the caramel involved wearing a long sleeve shirt and protective eyewear.
Scary, right? I thought so too.
However, I bet you didn’t know this about me, but I am quite brave. I really live on the edge. For instance, sometimes I cross the street on a solid hand. So I decided to give the caramel a go. But first, I had to make the cookies:
Then I put on my long sleeves in preparation for the caramel:
No eye wear, though. Like I said, brave.
The recipe calls for light corn syrup, but my local grocery store didn’t have that, so I bought this instead:
And then I put it all in the pan and started stirring:
Nothing happened for a while, and I was getting pretty annoyed because I’m an impatient person and I wanted to see some action in that pan. But then things started bubbling:
And then everything happened all at once and I was running around grabbing cream and stirring and looking at my laptop and freaking out and then I poured the warm cream in and the whole thing bubbled like crazy and I would’ve taken a picture but I was scared out of my mind because I didn’t have protective eye wear on.
Finally, after all that, there were these:
Pretty good, right? I think they’re okay. The cookies aren’t the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had (probably because I again didn’t follow the recipe and used natural peanut butter) but the caramel is AWESOME, if I do say so myself. However, I had a ton leftover and I didn’t know what to do with it so I ate like half poured it onto a sheet pan in hopes of making brittle:
Yeah. Apparently that’s not how you make brittle, because it didn’t harden. Maybe I’ll work on that one next.