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Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Sometimes when you make a cookie, you want to poke a whole in it and fill it with caramel. Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies are exactly what you need!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, Cookies, dessert, homemade, pecan, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


For The Cookies

  • 1 ½ all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For The Topping

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 20-24 pecans


For the cookies:

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a larger bowl, mix together egg and sugar. Add butter and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Slowly add flour into wet ingredients and mix until cookie dough forms.

  3. Cover bowl with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.

  4. Once the dough has chilled, remove from the refrigerator.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  6. Roll cookies into one-inch spheres, and place them on the lined baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. (about 15 could fit on one pan, so it is suggested to bake in separate batches).

  7. Using the back of a rounded teaspoon, lightly press a cavity in the center of each cookie.

  8. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from oven.

  9. Use the same teaspoon to press into each cavity even further (careful it’s hot!)

  10. Place back into oven and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes.


  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

For the topping:

  1. In a small sauce pan, mix together sugar, salt, heavy cream and water.

  2. Boil contents over high heat and then lower to medium. Stir for about 2 minutes or until thick.

  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Mix.

  4. Carefully scoop the caramel into the center of each cookie and top with a pecan.

  5. Allow to set for 3-4 minutes. Serve and enjoy!