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Sandies By The Sea
These cookies make a nice presentation and they are so good to eat.
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Serves: 24-36 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 13-15 minutes
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and very finely ground*
20 caramel candies
3 tbsp. cream or whole milk
2 tbsp. large crystal sea salt or fleur de sel, as needed**
1 cup bittersweet chocolate or chocolate morsels (at least 60% cocoa)

Combine flour and salt in bowl; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat to blend. Add dry ingredients in batches, mixing between each. Stir in ground pecans. Cover and chill dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or butter the sheets.

Roll dough into 1-in. balls with floured hands. Place on baking sheet at least 1 in. apart, and form a cavity in center of each ball with thumb. Bake for 13 to 15 min., or until bottoms are brown and set.

Remove cookies from oven; cool briefly on baking sheet. Transfer with a metal spatula to a wire cooling rack set over a piece of parchment paper.

Melt caramel candies and cream together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Fill center of each cookie with approximately 1/2 tsp. of caramel. Sprinkle warm centers evenly with sea salt, and let sit until firm.

Place chocolate in plastic bag in a bowl, heat on medium at 30-sec. intervals in microwave. Massage between each interval until melted. Cut a small hole in bottom corner of bag, drizzle chocolate across each cookie; add additional salt if desired and allow cookies to sit until chocolate has become firm.

*To toast pecans, place nuts in a single layer in an ungreased shallow pan. Bake at 350°F for
5 to 10 min., or until golden brown. Remove from pan to cool.
** Sea salt and fleur de sel are found at specialty food markets and most supermarkets. For this recipe, choose a white or pink variety with large crystals.


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