These cookies are adapted from a popular cookie recipe made in the early 1900s that was commonly referred to as Overnight Caramel Cookies. The addition of the salted caramel topping sends this recipe over the moon!
Thanks to my super-awesome aunt who happens to be one of the kindest people I know, I have my food-loving little hands wrapped around an aged family relic. My Aunt Julie has loaned me a cookbook that my great grandmother put together back in the 1930s and '40s. These yellowed pages are like GOLD to me. I've gently flipped through the book probably a hundred times in the past few months. I love seeing what the trends were nearly 100 years ago and it is also fun to see how much has changed. Including handwriting!
As you know, I'm on the REMIX theme right now, so I am mixing up recipes every chance I get. The Overnight Caramel Cookies recipe from the aged cookbook keeps screaming at me and I knew I had to recreate it. Modernize it. Adapt it. Whatever you want to call it. The "overnight" part of the recipe is completely unnecessary, in my opinion (and kind of scary), so I eliminated that, ditched the nuts, added a delicious caramel topping and....sea salt! Modern caramel cookies should involve sea salt, am I right?
I adore these cookies. This is a no-fail recipe that you will make over and over. After all, they were a standby in the '30s.