Cookies, Desserts

Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

December 3, 2013

These cookies… man… they are unbelievable rich and decadent. I should have known from the name… Caramel pecan thumbprint cookies. Did I mention these are CHOCOLATE too??  If you are planning any sort of cookie swap, or just going to be nice and make up plates of treats for your loved ones, these need to be on your baking list. They look beautiful and taste divine.

The caramel blends so well with the chocolate pecan cookie. It was hard for me to part with these little pieces of heaven, but my sugar level would have been through the roof if I would have eaten them all. So it was with a sad heart that I plated these up and sent them to my parents for a work party. Luckily everyone loved them and I’m sure you will too!

caramel pecan thumbprint cookies

Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/14 cup pecans, diced
  • 16 caramels, unwrapped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Start by separating you egg and lightly beating the white. Set the egg white to the side for later. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Shape dough into one inch balls. Roll into the egg white followed by the pecans. Place on a baking sheet and lightly press with your thumb or a measuring spoon. Bake 10 minutes or until the edges are firm.
  5. While your cookies are cooling, heat the caramels and cream in a heavy saucepan until melted. Spoon filling into the indentation you made before with your thumb. Drizzle with chocolate if desired.

Recipe found in the Better Homes & Gardens  magazine 2013 cookie edition

caramel pecan thumbprint cookies with caramel
Like I said earlier… If you aren’t a pecan fan you can leave them off.

If you want a true description of the flavor…  They taste a LOT like my Chocolate Pecan Pie. Sweet. Very very sweet with a slight crunchy exterior and gooey center.

caramel pecan thumbprint cookie recipe

Are they a classic Christmas cookie? Not so much. But they should be considered to that hall of fame.

What’s your favorite Holiday treat?


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