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Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints Recipe
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Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints Recipe

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Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty, too. Everybody looks forward to munching on them during the holidays. -Elizabeth Marino San Juan Capistrano, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • FILLING:
  • 12 to 14 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 128 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. In a shallow bowl, beat egg white. Place pecans in a separate shallow bowl. Dip balls in egg white, then in pecans, patting to help pecans adhere.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a large heavy saucepan, melt caramels with cream over low heat; stir until smooth. Fill each cookie with about 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 128 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

This is the best Thumbprint cookie I ever ate. Big success as Christmas.

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

I just made these as part of my Christmas cookie baking. They were awesome! I have a family member with a nut allergy so I rolled them in chocolate sprinkles which turned out fine.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

like everyone says, they take time to make but the outcome is well worth it. it is on our Christmas must have cookie list every year. Everyone who has tried them, loves them!

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

Time consuming to prepare, but they are now our favorite cookies for Christmas! They don't last long.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

Takes a bit of time to make but WELL worth it!!! Wonderful fancy cookie!!! I use finely chopped walnuts as that's what I had on hand the first time I made them.

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