You ask my momma what her favorite cookie is, she’ll always tell you “oh, definitely shortbread. Nothing else compares.” Now my dad and I are more fans of the classic chocolate chip cookie, but I will never turn down a good shortbread cookie.

After spending a few hours at Sterling’s brunch in Reno, Nevada (yes, I’m talking HOURS, and yes, the majority of those hours were spent in the dessert area… no shame), I found my favorite dessert item – the salted caramel shortbread cookie. Once my momma and I bit into the cookie, our eyes lit up. We may have stuffed a few into a napkin and attempted to bring salted caramel shortbread cookies home with us in our purses (again, no shame), however, we were too consumed with the exciting thought of eating them in the car that we didn’t think about how the caramel would stick to the napkin. *cue multiple face palm moments*

I guess the upside to this was that I knew I had to make my own salted caramel shortbread cookie. And that’s exactly what happened! I realized, in order to get that flakey, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie, you need extraordinary amounts of butter and flour. Of course, adding vanilla extract gives you a much sweeter shortbread cookie, but it balances out with the salted caramel topping perfectly.

When I surprised my mom with these salted caramel shortbread cookies, her jaw dropped on the ground and she did her little happy dance. She was so excited!!! And just like my reaction in the video below, momma’s eyes rolled into the back of her head. She was in cookie heaven!

Check out the video below to see how to make these beauties and then you’ll understand why I ate all twelve in a matter of 20 minutes. Not even mad about it!