For the seventh day of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, "Good Morning America" enlisted the expertise of New York Times Cooking for a savory and spicy spin on a classic holiday flavor.
Food columnist Eric Kim, author of the cookbook "Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home", shared his recipe for a cookie that utilizes Korean red chili paste to balance the sweet flavor of caramel.
Take a look at the full recipe below.
Gochujang Caramel Cookies
Time: 45 minutes
Yield: About 8 large cookies
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons or 115 grams) unsalted butter, very soft
2 packed tablespoons dark brown sugar1 heaping tablespoon gochujang
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt or 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups (185 grams) all-purpose flour
In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon butter, the brown sugar and gochujang until smooth. Set aside for later, at room temperature.
In a large bowl, by hand, whisk together the remaining 7 tablespoons butter, the granulated sugar, egg, salt, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Switch to a flexible spatula and stir in the baking soda. Add the flour and gently stir to combine. Place this large bowl in the refrigerator until the dough is less sticky but still soft and pliable, 15 to 20 minutes.
While the dough is chilling, heat the oven to 350 F and line 2 large sheet pans with parchment.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. In 3 to 4 separately spaced out blobs, spoon the gochujang mixture over the cookie dough. Moving in long circular strokes, swirl the gochujang mixture into the cookie dough so you have streaks of orange-red rippled throughout the beige. Be sure not to overmix at this stage, as you want wide, distinct strips of gochujang.
Use an ice cream scoop to plop out 1/4-cup rounds spaced at least 3 inches apart on the sheet pans. (You should get 4 to 5 cookies per pan.) Bake until lightly golden at the edges and dry and set in the center, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Let cool completely on the sheet pan; the cookies will flatten slightly and continue cooking as they cool. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Recipe reprinted courtesy of New York Times Cooking.