Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies Recipe

Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

This sweet and salty dessert recipe offers a unique twist to your typical cookie. Crafted by Red Rocker Inn for the annual Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast and Inn Christmas Cookie Tour, you'll have a hard time saving these treats for holiday guests.

Ingredients

Cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup dark corn syrup

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Grated rind of one small orange

Filling:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ butter

  • 3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup

  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans

  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten with 2 tsp water

Method

  • In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add ½ cup corn syrup and egg yolks; blend well.

  • Stir in flour, salt, and orange peel; mix well.

  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour for easier handling.

  • In small saucepan, combine powdered sugar, ¼ cup butter, and 3 Tablespoons corn syrup; bring to a boil.

  • Remove from heat. Stir in pecans. Allow to cool slightly but keep warm for easier handling.

  • Heat oven to 375°.

  • Lightly grease cookie sheets.

  • Shape dough into 1½ inch balls and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.

  • Bake 5-6 minutes and then remove from oven.

  • Brush cookies lightly with egg white mixture.

  • With spoon or finger, carefully make deep impression in center of each cookie; fill each with ½ teaspoon filling. Don't use too much or it will run over!

  • Return to oven and bake an additional 4-5 minutes or until light golden brown.

  • Cool 1 to 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets. Cool completely.

Yield: 2½ dozen cookies.