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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies covered with chocolate are sweet, chewy, and perfect for giving as a gift, if you can keep from eating them all yourself! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salted caramel cookies, thumbprint cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 234kcal


  • 1 cup 2 sticks salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 15 soft caramel candies
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • Coarse Sea Salt for garnish


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar
  • Once thoroughly combined, add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing for about 30 seconds
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined
  • Chill the cookie dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes
  • Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8 minutes and remove from over
  • Using the rounded edge of a tablespoon, make a deep indentation in the middle of each cookie
  • Return to the oven for an additional 2-4 minutes, or until golden
  • Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool, in the meantime, prepare the caramel and chocolate
  • Place the soft caramels and 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe container and heat in 15 second intervals, stirring at each interval, until it is melted and smooth
  • Spoon the caramel into the indentations of each cookie, leaving some room for the chocolate
  • Next, prepare the chocolate by heating the chocolate chips in a microwave safe container at 15 second intervals, stopping to stir each time until melted
  • Add the remaining heavy whipping cream, stirring until smooth
  • Spoon a small amount of chocolate over the caramel in each cookie, or place chocolate in a piping bag and pipe strings of chocolate over the cookie
  • Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy!


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg