Even though I am famous for my cupcakes....cookies are really my favorite. I love them all. Chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles......ALL of them! It's funny that I am so experimental with cupcakes but more of a purist with cookies, so I figured it was time for me to branch out and make a cookie with a little more oompf! This recipe comes straight to you from Better Homes and Gardens. I followed it exactly as written for this post.
The cookie base is very chocolatey, I used Dutch process cocoa which made for a deeper, richer chocolate flavor. Very much like a brownie! The cookie dough is rolled into balls, dipped in egg white and rolled in the chopped pecans. At this point a normal person would use their thumb to make the thumbprint in the cookie, but I'm not normal! Plus, we all know I have dozens of wine corks laying around! So if you don't want to use your thumb, you can use a wine cork, or the back of a measuring spoon, to make the indention in the cookies.
The baked cookies are filled with gooey caramel filling! My tip to you would be to melt your caramels in cream and leave the pan on the stove with the burner turned off. This will help keep the caramel pourable so that you don't have to keep re-heating it after each batch is baked.
Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies via Better Homes and Garden
Makes 36 cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
3 tablespoons whipping cream
1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1 teaspoon shortening
Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a small saucepan heat and stir caramels and whipping cream over low heat until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then roll in the chopped pecans. Place on cookie sheet and using your thumb (or a wine cork), make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your thumb. Spoon melted caramel mixture into indentations of cookies. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. (If necessary, reheat caramel mixture to keep it spoonable.)
In another saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly. Drizzle chocolate mixture over tops of cookies. Let stand until chocolate is set.
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