Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

When I say I love Christmas, I mean it! There really aren’t words to express the joy, comfort, love and happiness it brings. No, it’s not the presents, nor candy, nor the decor (well that’s a small part). More, it’s the fact that each year we have a time period where joy prevails, gratitude seems to overflow and family comes first. And because of this, I love to perpetuate the season as much as I can.

This episode was so hard to condense. I could have gone on for hours. (Joel would have disowned me and probably abandoned his computer editing screen.) But I hope you enjoy this snippet of my farm around the holidays and that it inspires you to create, bake, decorate and enjoy!

Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
  1. 1 egg, separated
  2. 1 stick butter, room temperature
  3. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. 1/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 3/4 cup prepared caramel sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until smooth, light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and cream until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Then add to the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until no dry streaks remain.
  5. Mix together one teaspoon water with egg white and set alongside prepared pecans.
  6. Scoop teaspoon-sized dough balls, roll in hands (if dough is extra soft, chill for 30 minutes), dip in egg white and roll in pecan crumbs. Set on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  7. Press thumb (or a round teaspoon measuring spoon) to make indentation in center of cookie.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. The edges will be set with a soft center.
  9. Remove from oven and remake indentation in each cookie. Then spoon in 1/2 teaspoon caramel. Let cool completely.
  10. Optionally, drizzle on melted semi sweet chocolate to give a festive finish!
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  • Loved this just as much as the fall one! Would love to see you do one for New Years–I can only imagine the yummy appetizers you would put together and your party tips!

  • Your videos are fabulous. I just love all those Christmas goodies yon prepared , especially the nuts cluster , the homemade marshmallow and all the others . Keep it up