Salted Caramel

Thumbprint Cookies

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Salted caramel cookies are the ultimate easy and gooey dessert recipe. Not only do these chocolate thumbprint cookies look super elegant, but they also taste delicious! 

Here's what you'll need...

You'll Need:

For the Cookies: – all purpose flour – unsweetened cocoa powder – baking soda – fine kosher salt – unsalted butter  –  brown sugar – granulated sugar – egg  –  vanilla extract

You'll Need:

For the caramel: – granulated sugar – heavy whipping cream – unsalted butter – vanilla extract – Morton kosher salt – coarse sea salt


- Mixer - Silicone baking mat - Digital food scale (optional, but very helpful) - Heavy bottom saucepan


Here's how to make the caramel thumbprint cookie recipe.

For the Cookies:

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Cream the Butter:

Add butter, brown sugar, and ¼ cup granulated sugar to a large bowl. Beat together on medium speed for 2 minutes using a mixer. Add in egg and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until fully combined.

Add Dry Ingredients:

Scrape down the side of the bowl, then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two batches. Mix on medium-low speed until fully incorporated. The dough will be slightly sticky.

Refrigerate the Dough:

Wrap cookie dough in parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to overnight until the dough has firmed up.

Form the Cookies:

Remove dough from the refrigerator and form into 2 tablespoon balls. Roll the outside of the dough balls in the granulated sugar. Place dough 1-2 inches on a baking sheet.

Form the Cookies:

Using your thumb or end of a spatula, make an indent in each cookie. If the dough begins to crack on the outside, simply use your hands to push back together.

Bake It Up:

Bake at 350°F on the middle rack for 12-14 minutes, or until cookie edges are set. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. If any of the indents have puffed up, use a small spoon to make push the indent down.

Fill with Caramel:

Using a spoon, gently fill each thumbprint hole with caramel (recipe included in full post), about 1-2 teaspoons each. If desired, sprinkle the top of the caramel with a pinch of coarse sea salt. 

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