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Amsterdam Caramel Cookies

A light crumbly biscuit with a nice caramel undertone.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Dutch
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Emma


  • 50 grams granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 125 grams unsalted butter (1 stick and 1 tablespoon)
  • 150 grams caster sugar (2/3 cup)
  • 150 grams plain flour All Purpose, (1 and 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Directions for the caramel

  • Place the sugar and water into a small pan and place over a low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Bring up the heat and allow to simmer, cook without stirring for 5 to 8 minutes or until the mixture is a nice rich golden caramel colour.
  • While this is bubbling away line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pour the caramel onto the sheet and allow it to spread out to a thin layer. Put to one side and allow too cool completely. Be careful while handling the caramel, as it is extremely hot and will burn.

Directions for the cookies

  • Pre heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas mark 4
  • In a medium bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined and the mixture will resemble a ball. You may need to get your hands in the bowl to really combine the ingredients.
  • Break up the caramel by either using a pestle and mortar or placing the caramel in a zip lock bag and bashing it with a rolling pin. You don’t want the pieces of caramel to be too small; around 5 to 7mm pieces are perfect.
  • Add the caramel chunks to the dough. Combine them well.
  • Roll the dough into 15 smaller balls.
  • Place them on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and flatten them down to about 1 centimetre thick.
  • Bake them for 10 – 12 minutes, until they are a light golden brown. Take them out and allow to completely cool.
  • The cookies will be very soft coming out of the oven but will crisp up as they cool.
  • Store in an airtight container and the cookies will last up to 5 days. Though mine didn't last more than 2 days!


Serving: 1cookie (out of 15) | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 13.4g