Salted PB & choc caramel cookies

We’ve been visiting my mom-in-law {she lives on the South Coast in KZN} this past week and it’s been a week now, a week of fun in the sun, until today…
Today was one of those days that just dragged on forever!

It was dreary and grey and windy…
Normally, that would be heaven – lots of book-reading, movie-watching, etc.
Well, not with two little ones running around!
{Oh yes and my husband is off running an ultra-trail-marathon-type-event 3 hrs away… So proud of him – he did SO well today!}

So, I decided to go for a walk with Francois today, while Seb was still napping, leaving him with granny. With Faf all zipped up in his pram, safe from the nippy weather, I headed off on my walk and did about 4 laps around the block, where I know the area and would be safe…

It was quite soothing, with the wind, they grey sky and the sound of the ocean.

While I walked, I decided it’s perfect weather for baking cookies! I headed back home, popped the kids in front of the Tupperware cupboard {thank heavens for Tupperware cupboards = hours of fun!!} and raided granny’s grocery cupboard for the ingredients I needed.

Recipe adapted from My Happy Place {blog}:

You will need:
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup + 2 tbs golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 5/6 cups flour
1 tsp coarse sea salt + more for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking sheet.
Whisk together all the wet ingredients until smooth, then add all the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
Roll into small balls {you will get 24} and press down gently with a fork. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 10 minutes.

For the caramel:
80g butter
2 tbs cream
1 tbs golden syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp peanut butter
Bring everything, except the vanilla, to the boil in a small saucepan and then let it slowly simmer until the sugar has melted and everything is mixed. Add the vanilla. You need to stir quite vigorously to prevent it from burning.
Let it cool slightly until it’s thickened up a bit and then drop spoonfuls onto the cookies once they’ve come out of the oven.

You get a chocolatey, chewy, peanut butter cookie with just enough caramel to tie everything together nicely. Perfect comfort for a grey day!

Enjoy! X

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