Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

January 07th, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

The only downside – and I assure you, there is only one downside – of buying a jar of Henri Le Roux’s famous caramel spread “Le Caramelier” is the fast-approaching expiration date. The jar I brought back from Denise Acabo’s shop A l’Etoile d’Or had an expiration date of 19/12/09 written on it, which meant that I only had two weeks to finish it.

And believe me, that’s not a problem at all, especially if you’re living in Paris, only a couple Metro stops away from the best candy shop in Paris. But for admirers like me, who live thousands of miles away, in a country where obtaining a French tourist visa requires more paperwork than all the other countries combined, it is a downside. There’s no way I could have savored it by the spoonful, spreading the joy over a few months.

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies 2

Oh, and I’d like to add the fact that I only discovered the expiration date after I returned back home, which left me with only a week or so. I was desperate to use it in a recipe.

Le Caramelier Henri Le Roux

Then I came across Nick Malgieri‘s Swiss Raspberry Preserve-Filled Sandwich Cookies recipe and I was instantly sold. I made a few changes to the original recipe, turned it into a chocolate cookie and filled them with Henri Le Roux’s caramel spread as well as another caramel spread I bought from G. Detou.

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

The fragile, melt-in-your-mouth cookie contrasts so nicely with the rich and smooth caramel spread.

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

And don’t worry if you don’t have Le Caramelier. I’m certain these cookies will be great with David’s caramelized white chocolate recipe (you may toss in roasted walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds) or a  rich chocolate ganache (pour 1/3 cup of hot cream on top of 2 oz. chopped chocolate and let cool). And if it’s one of those lazy days, simply spread Nutella and enjoy!

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

CARAMEL BEURRE SALE SANDWICH COOKIES RECIPE

Adapted from Nick Malgieri’s recipe published in Saveur (issue 98).

Ingredients

Yields 24 sandwich cookies

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus 1/2 cup more to roll cookie dough and to dust the top layer of cookies)
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup caramel spread

Method

  1. Sift together flour and cocoa into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Beat butter and confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. Increase speed to medium; beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add yolks one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add the flour and cocoa mixture 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition to combine. Scrape sides of bowl with a spatula; give the dough one last stir.
  5. Press dough into an inch-thick rectangle, divide into 4 equal pieces, wrap each piece with a sheet of parchment paper (or plastic wrap) and let chill for 1 hour.
  6. Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 325 F.
  7. Sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar onto the counter and work each dough piece gently with a rolling pin to warm slightly. Roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick.
  8. Using a two and a half inch round cookie cutter, cut out 9 circles of dough and transfer them to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet about 1″ apart. Reserve scraps. Repeat process with remaining chilled dough pieces. Combine leftover scraps into a ball. Reroll dough and continue cutting circles. Using a 1 1/4″ round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the center of half of the circles—these are the tops. Bake all cookies in batches, rotating pans halfway through, until just pale golden, about 15 minutes. Let cookies cool completely.
  9. Put  remaining confectioners’ sugar into a sieve; dust cookie tops. Turn whole cookies upside down (bottoms) and spoon about 1+1/2 tsp. of caramel spread onto each. Using a small spatula, spread to within 1/8″ of the edges. Cover each with a cookie top.
  10. Serve cookies immediately or store between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Comments

  1. 1 - Ghille on January 7th, 2010

    Oh my…..those look yummy!

  2. 2 - The Hungry Mouse on January 7th, 2010

    You’re killing me. These look great!

    Happy new year!
    +Jessie

  3. 3 - Leesa Garcia on January 7th, 2010

    They look divine and I’m sure they were D-lish, too!! Glad you got down to making the cookies… Does the expiration date REALLY mean it’s expired?? I mean, aren’t some food products good for months past their expiration date? I know that things like that may start losing there deliciousness.. but do they really “go bad?”

    When I come to Turkey, I can always bring a few jars for you… only problem.. You’d have to eat the quickly, if they expire quickly!! ; )

    Take care and happy baking to you!
    Leesa

  4. 4 - Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog on January 8th, 2010

    Cenk your blog is a constant journey to sweet enlightenments. They are so addictive!! :-)

    Happy 2010!!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  5. 5 - Soma on January 8th, 2010

    Would love to have a bite!

  6. 6 - Mrs Ergül on January 8th, 2010

    These remind me of linzer cookies which I have made for Xmas as gifts to my co-workers

  7. 7 - Indian Takeaway on January 8th, 2010

    I’m not much of a fan of caramel but I must say these look delicious especially with the frosting. I wish I could cook eat them right now

  8. 8 - Patricia Scarpin on January 8th, 2010

    These cookies are little gems, Cenk – they are so pretty! Love the photos, too.

  9. 9 - valentina on January 8th, 2010

    This is sinful.Nothing more to say.; o )

  10. 10 - Dragana on January 8th, 2010

    These look amazing! You journey to create them is an interesting one – thanks for sharing it.

  11. 11 - Hilal on January 8th, 2010

    looks greattttt
    has nothing to do with those delicipous photos but
    just want to know how can i use lemon power in cooking? do you you have any suggestions?
    thanks

  12. 12 - Gala on January 8th, 2010

    Wow! Mouth watering….like the pictures too :)

  13. 13 - Leesa Garcia on January 12th, 2010

    Hi Cenk…

    I was going through recipes on a French website and thought of you immediately..
    http://www.linternaute.com/femmes/cuisine/recette/333704/3931081872/caramel-au-beurre-sale-facon-salidou.shtml
    It’s the recipe for caramel au beurre salé

    Take care,
    Leesa

  14. 14 - Cenk on January 12th, 2010

    Leesa – Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  15. 15 - Dinners & Dreams on January 13th, 2010

    These cookies look SO tempting! I also like your spiffy kitchen tools!!

    Nisrine

  16. 16 - Pat on January 16th, 2010

    Thank you, Cenk, for the wonderful recipes. I know now that I have to visit Paris!! I was in fabulous Istanbul in 2007 and can’t wait to return for a much longer stay. Other than the caramel au beurre sale, etc., how did you enjoy Paris?
    Cheers,
    Pat

  17. 17 - Leesa Garcia on January 18th, 2010

    Merhaba Cenk…

    I just found another use of salted caramel sauce for you… This looks up your alley…
    http://blog.lemonpi.net/?p=3553

  18. 18 - joey on January 18th, 2010

    These look fantastic! I envy your Parisian caramel spread! These might be good with some dulce de leche too…mmm :)

  19. 19 - Cenk on January 19th, 2010

    Leesa – That looks fantastic! Thank you.

  20. 20 - Cenk on January 19th, 2010

    Pat – There are many more posts to come. Stay tuned!

  21. 21 - my spatula on January 21st, 2010

    caramel wedged between a buttery-chocolatey cookie?! yes please.

  22. 22 - Ann Jebaratnam on February 1st, 2010

    Hi,

    I will be visiting Paris in April. I’m going straight to A l’Etoile D’or as soon as I get off the Eurostar!

  23. 23 - Serge Lescouarnec on March 30th, 2010

    Cenk

    I just did an interview with Henri Le Roux last week illustrated with his ‘chocolate fritture’.

    Here is the link
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2010/03/chocolate-fish-fry-caramels-salted-butter-and-brittany-henri-le-roux-interview.html

    Bonne soiree

    Serge
    ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’

  24. 24 - Cenk on March 30th, 2010

    Serge – Thanks for sharing the link. Great interview!

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