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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!

Watch how to make these caramel thumbprint cookies:

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Small cookies lay flat on parchment paper.

Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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It's the holidays wrapped up in one treat! Pecans and caramel give these cookies the best flavors of the season, while cocoa brings richness. Fun to make, these are a delightful snack perfect for winter festivities.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 large egg separated
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • cup Dutch process cocoa
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup prepared caramel sauce
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped toasted pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Beat butter and sugar until smooth, light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg yolk, vanilla, and cream and beat until smooth.
  • 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.
  • Mix together one teaspoon water with egg white and set alongside prepared pecans.
  • Scoop teaspoon-sized dough balls, roll in hands (if the dough is extra soft, chill for 30 minutes), dip in egg white, and roll in pecan crumbs. Set on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Press thumb (or a round teaspoon measuring spoon) to make an indentation in the center of the cookie.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. The edges will be set with a soft center.
  • Remove from oven and remake indentation in each cookie. Then spoon in ½ teaspoon caramel. Let cool completely.
  • Optionally, drizzle on melted semi-sweet chocolate to give a festive finish!


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 115kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. 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!

  2. 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