Salted Caramel foods have become very popular in this house. My husband and son are really enjoying the sweet treats I have been making with my homemade caramel. So I decided to try this delicious treat in biscuits, or cookies for anyone from another country. For my caramel I have been using medjool dates which give the caramel a very toffee like taste.
Many years ago, dates were only eaten at Christmas but now you can buy them all year round. Dried dates came to the UK from north Africa. Thanks to their high sugar content they were a perfect food to import. Dates were used when sugar was expensive, they appear a lot in the medieval diet and I love to cook with them too.
The dates make a fantastic sticky base that helps to glue the ingredients together. I can understand why we would use them instead of sugar. These biscuits will be part of my Christmas Hampers for my in laws and my mum. I will be writing a blog post on what’s in my hamper in December but for now why not give these a try.
Makes 24 – 30 biscuits
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Large mixing bowl
- Stirring spoon
- Rolling pin
- Baking tray
- Gluten Free Oats x 200g
- Brown Rice Flour x 100g
- Ground Almonds x 100g
- Coconut sugar or brown sugar x 100g
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Maca powder x 1 tsp (optional)
- Salt x 1 tsp
- Dates x 10 – 12
- Boiling hot water
- Coconut cream x 50mls
- Ghee, unsalted butter or coconut oil x 150mls
- Start by removing the stones from the dates.
- Now pour boiling hot water over the dates.
- Leave to soak for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl add the oats, brown rice flour or plain flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, baking powder, maca powder (optional) and salt.
- Mix all these ingredients together.
- Set aside.
- Drain the dates and add to the blender.
- Along with the ghee or unsalted butter and coconut milk.
- Blend until smooth.
- Then pour the blended mixture onto the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
- Stir these together until a large dough ball is formed.
- Flour a board with the extra brown rice or plain flour.
- Cut a piece off the dough ball.
- Roll it thinly across the board.
- Cut the dough using the cookie/shape cutter.
- Repeat this process until all the dough is used.
- Put the cookie onto boards and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- By putting them in the fridge it hardens them and makes them more crunchy.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- After 30 minutes remove the biscuits from the fridge and place onto baking trays.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- Once the biscuits have cooled completely put into an airtight container.
- Then serve and enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
Salted Caramel Biscuits/Cookies are a great treat but, as I mentioned earlier, they also make a fantastic gift. They last about three weeks in an airtight container so could be made in advance of the gift giving day. Alternatively you could make these mouthwatering biscuits for yourself. Then put your feet your feet up with a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy one or two or maybe more. However you decide to eat or share these sweet treats, as always, enjoy.
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