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Salted Caramel Thumbprints

I am a salted caramel fanatic.   Coffee, candy, you name it.   When I saw this recipe from Land O Lakes, I knew it was going on my holiday list.   Super simple thumbprint base filled with a delicious homemade caramel.   

My only change to this one was to use kosher salt instead of the sea salt, it's what I always keep on hand.     I used a cookie scoop to get nice uniform cookies, and a mini tart shaper to make the indentations.  

Salted Caramel Thumbprints

Salted Caramel Thumbprints
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter -- softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sea salt (I used kosher)


  1. Combine 2/3 cup butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or end of wooden spoon handle. (Edges may crack slightly). Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely.
  4. Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream. Cool caramel mixture about 15 minutes.
  5. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture into center of each cooled cookie. Let caramel set about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops of each cookie lightly with salt.

Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAround TheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes for 12 straight days in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas.   Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 2
Devil's Food Mini Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table
French Sables from Palatable Pastime
Kleicha (Iraqi Date Cookies) from Caroline's Cooking
Super Duper Chewy Milk Chocolate M&M Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Pistachio and Apricot Oatmeal Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Rogaliki from A Day in the Life on The Farm
Salted Caramel Thumbprints from Jolene's Recipe Journal


Jolene said…
They are one of my favorite cookie recipes I've ever made!
Carlee said…
I love salted caramel too, so these are calling my name! Mmmmm!
Jolene said…
It's awful, I wanted to make another batch the same day we finished eating this one. Sooo good!
Jan said…
Ok, Yes> i'll order a batch from you! LOL! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate365 Cookie Exchange!
Jolene said…
My kid's been promising to build me a teleporter for years, I need to get him on that!

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