This shortbread-style thumbprint cookie is light and flaky. The salted caramel and dark chocolate add a delicious richness. This won first place at a recent neighborhood cookie swap.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 3 to 4 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Press dough together in plastic wrap; roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls.

  • Place beaten eggs in one small dish and pecans in another dish. Dip each dough ball into the eggs and roll in pecans. Place dredged balls on the prepared baking sheets; press your thumb into the center of each ball.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Press each cookie again, with a spoon. Return to the oven and continue baking until golden, about 10 minutes more. Cool on wire racks.

  • Combine caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Spoon the mixture into the thumbprints of the cookies and sprinkle with sea salt.

  • Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second intervals, stirring after each melting, 1 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil. Drizzle chocolate over the cookies.

Cook's Note:

Rewarm caramel if it hardens before all cookies are filled.

Nutrition Facts

176.4 calories; 2 g protein; 20.8 g carbohydrates; 26.2 mg cholesterol; 58.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2017
This is my first ever recipe review, and I took a chance on a new recipe with no reviews. I was not disappointed at all. These cookies are very easy to make and they turned out exactly as pictured. This is a firm shortbread pecan sandy type cookie. I halved the recipe and added about 2 Tbsp of flour due to high altitude but I'm not sure it was necessary...mostly it's out of habit. I also had leftover prepared caramel for apple dipping so I substituted that for the caramels and cream. Taste was great, but I'm betting the real caramels and cream are even better. I also baked these on parchment for easy clean up. Thanks for posting... I look forward to making more! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/19/2018
Recipe was followed as written. They turned out just like the photo but my family and I rated them just ok. I don t think this is the fault of the recipe I think we just don t enjoy the dry shortbread type cookie. I knew that going in but thought the caramel would save them. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2017
This is my first ever recipe review, and I took a chance on a new recipe with no reviews. I was not disappointed at all. These cookies are very easy to make and they turned out exactly as pictured. This is a firm shortbread pecan sandy type cookie. I halved the recipe and added about 2 Tbsp of flour due to high altitude but I'm not sure it was necessary...mostly it's out of habit. I also had leftover prepared caramel for apple dipping so I substituted that for the caramels and cream. Taste was great, but I'm betting the real caramels and cream are even better. I also baked these on parchment for easy clean up. Thanks for posting... I look forward to making more! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2017
This is my first ever recipe review, and I took a chance on a new recipe with no reviews. I was not disappointed at all. These cookies are very easy to make and they turned out exactly as pictured. This is a firm shortbread pecan sandy type cookie. I halved the recipe and added about 2 Tbsp of flour due to high altitude but I'm not sure it was necessary...mostly it's out of habit. I also had leftover prepared caramel for apple dipping so I substituted that for the caramels and cream. Taste was great, but I'm betting the real caramels and cream are even better. I also baked these on parchment for easy clean up. Thanks for posting... I look forward to making more! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2017
There are a couple of things that should be clarified in the recipe: butter should be softened. And press with a spoon after they come out of the oven cause obviously they will be hot to touch. Overall the process wasn t too bad. They came out really good and I m not a huge sweets fan. Nor do I really love caramel but I am making these for someone else. My 11 year old loved them. I did half pecan rolled and half almond rolled because I thought I had enough pecans. Wrong. Oh well. Both came out very good. Recommend drizzling the chocolate with a fork. I tried a spoon and got globs. #notabaker Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2017
These were pretty darn good. The only issues I had were they seemed to have a heavy flour taste and I didn't have near enough pecans. I think I will cut the flour down next time I make these (and trust me there will be a next time!). Re-reading this recipe before I reviewed it I realized I forgot to add in the oil to the chocolate chips. Didn't even miss it so not sure if it is really necessary. This is a keeper for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2018
These cookies are good, but do require some work. As such, I will probably only make for special occasions...which will make them all the more special when I do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2018
Amazing cookies! Takes some time to roll each one but so worth it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2019
Helps to watch the video to see how the spoon is used to create a larger thumbprint for the caramel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2018
Brought this to a potluck we had at work. Was a big hit. Got a few Skype messages emails etc from other staff members saying how great they were and asking if I can share the recipe! The only issue I had is that I think the receipe say it would make 48 cookies? No way I made the ball relatively small (maybe one inch) and I probably ended up with somewhwere between 32 and 36 cookies (didn't actually count). I had a couple myself and I love them. Definitely will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2018
Amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
They re fantastic! A bit of time is invested to make these but they re worth the effort. Great for special occasions! A real crowd pleaser Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/19/2018
Recipe was followed as written. They turned out just like the photo but my family and I rated them just ok. I don t think this is the fault of the recipe I think we just don t enjoy the dry shortbread type cookie. I knew that going in but thought the caramel would save them. Read More