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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and very finely ground
  • 18 to 20 caramel candies, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or semisweet chocolate morsels (at least 60% cocoa)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons large crystal sea salt or fleur de sel, as needed

Instructions

  1. Combine flour and salt in bowl; set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat to blend. Add flour mixture in batches, mixing between each. Stir in ground pecans. Cover and chill dough until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls with floured hands. Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly.  Bake 13 to 15 minutes.
  5. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.
  6. Combine caramel candies and milk in a saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels melt. Drizzle over cookies with a spoon.
  7. Place chocolate in plastic bag in a bowl; heat on medium at 30-second intervals in microwave. Massage between intervals until chocolate melts. Cut a small hole in bottom corner of bag; drizzle chocolate across each cookie. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let sit until chocolate is firm.
Courtesy of the American Dairy Farmers.

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The recipe was originally published as Chocolate Caramel Pecan Sandies on Relish.com

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