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Caramel Cookie Recipe (NO CHILL/NO SPREAD)

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Caramel cookies are the best no chill no spread cookie recipe around. Golden brown, crispy edges, soft, chewy center, bursting with loads of buttery sugar flavor.

caramel cookie dipped in milk

This is my favorite cookie of all time.

Drum roll please. . . Day 12 of the 12 Days of Cookies: Caramel Cookies.

If you missed days 1-10 see below

caramel cookies scene

If nostalgia had any meaning to me, this cookie would be it. As a child my mother and I would bake what felt like hundreds of these cookies to give to family and friends over the holidays. Rolling out the dough and using festive shaped cookie cutters.

I remember the smell cookies perfuming the house as I would sit in front of the oven and patiently (or so I thought) wait for those yummy cookies to come out of the oven. I couldn’t wait to sneak in a cookie or two before we bagged them up and gave them away.

Warm cookies straight out of the oven with a cold glass of milk on chilly winter days, well as chilly as Hawai’i gets in the winter, is the best. Which mind you high 50s/low 60s are pretty dang cold for us here.

shaped cookie dough

What are caramel cookies?

Caramel cookies, as the name may imply, does not actually contain any caramel and to be quite honest I’m not exactly sure how it got its name. This recipe was passed down to me by my mother. She learned how to make these cookies from her babysitter as a kid.

What do I need to make this caramel cookie recipe?

Caramel cookie ingredients
  • Unsalted butter. Using unsalted butter allows you to better control the amount of salt in the recipe. 
  • Crisco
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar: you could opt to use dark brown sugar here. This will give a richer molasses flavor.
  • Eggs: best added at room temperature to allow for better incorporation.
  • Vanilla extract: try my homemade vanilla extract recipe
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder

These cookies are the best because…

  • No chill time required. The amount of flour to butter/Crisco ratio creates stable dough.
  • No spread dough.
  • Perfect for rolling and cutting out shaped cookies.
  • Perfect for decorating.
  • And of course because they are absolutely delicious!!
stacked caramel cookies

What kind of decorations can I use?

Food coloring, royal icing, sprinkles, melted chocolate. The options are endless.

How to store caramel cookies?

These cookies are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature and will last about a week.

Can I freeze this caramel cookie dough recipe?

You sure can. It is best to wrap the dough in plastic wrap, or your plastic free wrap of choice, and place in a zip top bag. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you are ready to use the dough allow to defrost to room temperature prior to baking.

close up of caramel cookies

How to make this caramel cookie recipe?

Preheat oven to 375F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment add butter, Crisco, and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well incorporated.

Add flour, salt, and baking soda in increments. Mix until just incorporated.

On a lightly floured surface or on a piece of wax paper roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using the cookie cutter of your choice cut cookies. Place on a baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.

Transfer to a cooling rack to cool. ENJOY!

caramel cookie dipped in milk

Caramel Cookie

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Caramel cookies are the best no chill no spread cookies around. Golden brown, crispy edges, soft, chewy center, bursting with loads of buttery sugar flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • flour for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment add butter, Crisco, and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well incorporated.
  3. Add flour, salt, and baking soda in increments. Mix until just incorporated.
  4. On a lightly floured surface or on a piece of wax paper roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using the cookie cutter of your choice cut cookies. Place on a baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool. ENJOY!

Notes

*This recipe does not need to be chilled prior to baking.

*If you like crispy cookies you can either roll the dough thinner or bake for a slightly longer amount of time. Just the same if you like soft, chewy cookies roll dough slightly thicker or shorten bake time.

*This dough can be frozen for later use.

*You can decorate the cookies with food coloring, royal icing, sprinkles, chocolate.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on December 13th, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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