If I was asked to name my favorite cookies of all, that would be it. Although, I’m not so sure that they can be actually considered as cookies per se. Or maybe they can because of their shape, in this particular case. Anyway, they are my favorite thing.
Makes a lot. It is really not possible to track the exact quantity since a lot of them become stolen, or eaten by the baker herself during the process…
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- ½ cup finely ground toasted hazelnuts (or other nuts of your choice)
- Fleur de sel for sprinkling on the cookies
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Line a large baking pan or a cookie sheet with parchment, foil, or a silicone mat. Set aside.
In a heavy small saucepan over moderate heat, stir together the sugar, water, and the cream of tartar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, then raise the heat to moderately high and boil without stirring, occasionally brushing down sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, until syrup turns golden caramel in color. Pour the caramel onto the prepared baking pan and let cool completely.
Brake the caramel into 1-inch pieces and grind in a food processor to the consistency of granular sugar. Stir in the ground nuts.
Reline the baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or a silicone mat. Spread the caramel mixture very thinly inside a round (or any shape, according to your preference) cookie cutter placed on the prepared baking sheet. Gently lift the cookie cutter and repeat until you have 8-10 circles. Carefully place the sheet in the oven to melt the caramel, for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven. Immediately, sprinkle each round with the Fleur de Sel. If you want to shape the cookies, quickly, before the caramel sets, place the cookies on a rolling pin (for example) and let them cool and harden. If the cookies had set before you shaped them return the cookies in the oven for a moment.
Store the praline in a cool dry place, for 2 weeks.
It’s not recommended to make the brittle when the weather is very humid.
May 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm
I would say this is a Tuile.
Omg, they look delish.
July 11, 2010 at 2:04 am
Please accept my apologies if my english is not perfect.
I lieve in Tavira, Portugal, where is located one of the best Fleur de Sel of the world.
At the moment I am tryng to create my own blog which offers a selection os local and tradicional product such as Flor de Sal of Tavira, carob flour, etc.
I think that you recipes are really amazing! I woul like to ask you permission to post them in my blog, with your credits of course.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
January 29, 2010 at 7:52 am
what’s fleur de sel? I really want to make all this thing… but I just cant stand to do the cleaning. =(
September 30, 2009 at 5:28 am
It looks lovely….as if I was starring at a bowl of delicate “gold”! Thanks for sharing and for posting! I love your site, Always!
May 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm
Rosseve, thank you very much for your kind words! I am truly touched!
We went to Cancun for our vacation last year. Everything was absolutely fabulous, food was delicious! And I can’t agree with you more – the country is full of flavors.
May 18, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Hi!!! Im really in love of your recipies and the way you present them, they are full of love and care. Im kind of an amateur cooking desserts but i feel so happy when people react to my food in a good way. ^_^! Thank U very much for let people know how to make such beautiful recipies!!!
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July 1, 2008 at 10:58 am
Gudrun, the cream of tartar is added in the beginning, it’s combined with sugar and water in a saucepan. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ll correct the recipe.
July 1, 2008 at 9:37 am
just on question, when do you add the cream of tartar?
June 25, 2008 at 12:04 am
I made something like this recently too, with salty peanuts. They were for a dessert, but I think most of it went into my mouth while I was making them!
June 2, 2008 at 9:02 am
Grace, thank you :) They are translucent and fragile, and very good indeed.
June 2, 2008 at 7:51 am
wait a second, these are your favorite cookie of all? they must be dang good then, so i guess i’ll just have to try them out for myself! shouldn’t be too hard–they look delicate and delicious. :)
May 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm
Basma, they are worth to try. I love them on their own with espresso, or as accompaniment for ice creams, mousses, custards, basically anything smooth and creamy.
Melody, I can’t disagree with you!
May 30, 2008 at 10:21 am
I love these type of cookies! Pure pleasure in each bite!
May 30, 2008 at 5:38 am
I love the combination of salt and caramel! But I’ve never had these…they look so tasty..