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Nov 28, 2012 08:03 AM

What Caramels to Buy to Make Thumbprint Cookies?

I want to make caramel pecan thumbprint cookies and my caramel IQ is relatively low compared to my knowledge of other candies. . The recipe suggests Kraft caramels but I'm not a fan. Is there another readily available caramel candy I can buy for this project? I live in the Boston area.

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  1. What about Trader Joe Fleur de Sel Caramels? They are a bit bigger then the Kraft but much softer. Cost a bit more but they are so good!

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    1. re: vttp926

      Trader Joe's has Fleur de Sel caramel SAUCE, so that would save you the step of melting the caramels. But you might want to consider making your own caramel sauce. I was afraid to make caramel for years, but I took the plunge with great success. Here's the recipe I share with people who want to try to make caramel. You will note that it's replete with cautionary tips about how to avoid crystallization.

      Caramel Sauce

      1 cup sugar
      ¼ tsp salt
      1/4 cup water
      3/4 cup whipping cream
      2 tablespoons unsalted butter

      Put sugar in large saucepan with high sides. Do it gently so you don’t get sugar crystals on the side of the pan. Gently sprinkle the salt over the sugar, then pour 1/4 cup water over sugar and salt. Pour very gently so you don’t splash any sugar crystals onto the sides of the pan. Let sit a few minutes until water wets all the sugar. Start heating at low, then increase to medium-high after a few minutes; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber color. You should swirl contents of pan occasionally, but don’t stir. You want to minimize the chance of crystallization of the mixture. It usually takes 6 or more minutes to get the mixture to the deep amber color---color of an old penny—that you want. But there are many variables here, so don't fret if it takes longer. Remove from heat. Add 3/4 cup cream and 2 tablespoons butter (mixture will bubble furiously). Set over low heat; stir until caramel is smooth, about 1 minute. Let cool until it’s room temperature.

    2. Marty's is now selling blocks of Callebaut caramel. The chunks are a range of sizes, meaning you can get a small piece if that's all you want.

      1. I'd take a can of sweetened condensed milk and bring it to the caramel stage.

        So simple and the taste is wonderful. Three different methods here: