Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint CookieDisclaimer: I am not a baker. So, when my Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies turned out, no one was more surprised than me!  #SundaySupper put out the holiday cookie challenge and well you know us, we never met a challenge we wouldn’t try. After all, Midlife is about stepping out of your comfort zone and well baking from scratch is quite uncomfortable!  This recipe is easy. Very Easy. The cookies are melt-in-your mouth delicious with the perfect combination of sweet from the caramel with the sprinkling of sea salt. Truly a match made in cookie heaven.  


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Approx 12-14 oz soft caramel candies  
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Sea salt 


  1. The Dough: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand mixer on medium speed beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add in vanilla. Turn mixer on low and slowly add in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt and beat to together. Press dough together and then make 4 dozen 1 1/4-inch balls. Put balls on cookie sheets and press and press your thumb to make an indentation (hence the name “Thumbprint Cookie.”) Bake for about 10 minutes, removing cookie sheets from oven and re-press thumb prints. Put cookie sheets back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. thumbprint cookie recipe ingredients
  2. The Caramel Filling:  Put  the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan on low heat, continuously stirring until the caramels are melted into a smooth, creamy mixture is smooth. Spoon the warm caramel mixture into your “thumb print” in cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt. Note: If the caramel hardens before all cookies are filled just reheat on low. thumbprint cookie caramel fillingsalted caramel cookies

This week the Sunday Supper Posse is featuring everyone’s Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies. As an ordained “cookie sommelier” I can honestly say they all look so good I don’t know which ones to try first! 



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  1. Yay for thumbprints! I made them for #SundaySupper too! What a great idea. Make dough. Push your finger in. Fill with something delicious. Bake. Cool. Eat. Call it a day. Brilliant person whoever thought of that! I love your take on them!

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you Kelly!!!

  3. Conni Smith says:

    I chuckle every time I come to your blog and see your header picture 🙂 The cookies look fantastic by the way!

  4. A thumbprint with caramel is always a good idea!

  5. Donna says:

    Wow, those look amazing. I’m so used to seeing these cookies with fruit, but caramel sounds great.

  6. Sarah says:

    I love how simple and versatile thumbprints are! Great twist

  7. Oh my goodness! Salted Caramel is like my fav! I would eat salted caramel shoes if I had to. But these cookies look better than shoes! Wow. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  8. I love caramel and these sound so good!

  9. So decadent – perfect for the holidays!

  10. You had me at “easy” and “salted caramel”. These look delicious! Screw the fruit jams (too healthy) – I’m only filling my thumbprints with caramel from now on!

  11. Katie says:

    Mmmmmm. You had me at “salted caramel.” These sound scrumptious!

  12. Yum, very similar to the cookies I baked this week (except mine are chocolate)!! These are perfect!

  13. Tara says:

    Insane how good those would be, yummy!!

  14. I am all over anything with salted caramel!

  15. I am loving all of the twists on the classic thumbprint cookie, which is my favourite holiday cookie. I need to give these a try.

  16. These cookies look like quite the treat! Yay for salted caramel!!!

  17. Oh my those look so good!

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