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Wednesday
Feb292012

Pillsbury Bake-Off Countdown: Salted Caramel Macaroons

Image: Pillsbury Bake-OffCakeSpy Note: I am beyond ecstatic to announce that I have been invited as a media guest to the 45th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Orlando, Florida! The event will take place in late March; til then, I am going to feature several of the sweets finalists here in anticipation of the big day!

 Don't think less of me, but I actually like macaroons better than macarons. Don't get me wrong: macarons are adorable, distinguished, sophisticated, and an artful baked good which I appreciate very much.

But when it comes to a cookie that satisfies, for me, I will take the lumpy macaroon any time.

But this version has a sort of pinkies-out twist: "Sea salt meets sweet treat in an updated classic coconut macaroon." It was created for the Pillsbury Bake-Off by Sarah Meuser of New Milford, Connecticut.

Salted Caramel Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 jar (12.25 oz) Smucker's® Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • 1 cup Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Unbleached Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons   Sea Salt
  • 2 bags (14 oz each) shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper; spray with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine condensed milk, caramel topping, flour and 3/4 teaspoon of the sea salt; mix well. Stir in coconut, pecans and chocolate chips until well mixed.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets. Lightly sprinkle tops with remaining 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  4. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store in airtight container.

Reader Comments (5)

A drizzle of dark chocolate on these, and I would be in love!
February 29 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Wow, these look amazing! I'm a big fan already of these macaroons!
February 29 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
These are amazing. I tried the recipe and I agree, lumpy macaroons for me, too.
March 16 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
What kind of measurements are the pecans? Cups?
April 25 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
amanda: yes! Cups!
April 25 | Registered CommenterCakespy

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