Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie Recipes, Holiday Baking Recipes | 2 comments

I was set to make a cookie/candy advertised by Kraft Canada for Christmas, that had chocolate dough wrapped around a caramel. They looked really yummy in the picture, but the reviews were mixed, and I didn’t like the fact that you had to heat the cookies in the microwave to soften the caramel center. So I came up with a new version of the old thimble cookies and I think they turned out okay. According to my husband, they are “beyond amazing”!

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Joan Donogh


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 package about 35 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup 10% cream


  • In mixer bowl, cream butter, add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add flour and cocoa and stir until combined.
  • Put (unbeaten) egg whites in a small bowl. Put chopped pecans in another bowl.
  • Form dough into balls about the size of a walnut, roll each ball in egg white and then in pecans. Place on greased cookie sheet. Make an indent in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and press down immediately on indents if they have risen during baking.
  • Meanwhile, make caramel filling and have ready when cookies come out of the oven: melt caramels with cream in the microwave. Cook for 2 1/2-3 minutes on high, stirring after a minute and then every 30 seconds. When nearly melted, remove from microwave and continue to stir until smooth.
  • Transfer cookies to cake rack and while still hot, fill the centers with a spoonful of caramel. Let cool.


It is easier to make all the cookie balls first and then start the dipping procedure - it makes things a bit less messy. I haven't tried it but these would probably also be good with raspberry jam filling (like the original thimble cookies) if you are not in a caramel mood like I was.



  1. Nan

    Interesting cookie. What is 10% cream? Heavy cream?

    • joan

      10% cream is cream that has 10% fat content. Heavy cream would probably also work fine.


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