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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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By babs
Member since 2006

Serves 4 dozen cookies | Prep Time 30 minutes | Cook Time 20 minutes


3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Approx 12-14 oz soft caramel candies
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Sea salt

The Dough: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand mixer on medium speed beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add in vanilla. Turn mixer on low and slowly add in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt and beat to together. Press dough together and then make 4 dozen 1 1/4-inch balls. Put balls on cookie sheets and press and press your thumb to make an indentation (hence the name “Thumbprint Cookie.”) Bake for about 10 minutes, removing cookie sheets from oven and re-press thumb prints. Put cookie sheets back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

The Caramel Filling: Put the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan on low heat, continuously stirring until the caramels are melted into a smooth, creamy mixture is smooth. Spoon the warm caramel mixture into your “thumb print” in cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt. Note: If the caramel hardens before all cookies are filled just reheat on low.

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I am not a baker. So, when my Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies turned out, no one was more surprised than me! Life is about stepping out of your comfort zone and well baking from scratch is quite uncomfortable! This recipe is easy. Very Easy. The cookies are melt-in-your mouth delicious with the perfect combination of sweet from the caramel with the sprinkling of sea salt. Truly a match made in cookie heaven.

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