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Eggless Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

by Christa on January 23, 2012

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How do all you people on the East Coast do it??
I currently live in Los Angeles where we get, what seems like, 3 rainy days a year. And when it rains all bets are off. I have no motivation to do anything! How sad is that?

I am definitely my father’s daughter. He could live literally ON the equator and would be completely satisfied. He and I can’t handle cold, wet weather. That probably explains why I’ve never seen real snow! 

Yes that’s right– I’m 24 and never seen real snow. I figure I might as well wait until I have kids and then we can all take skiing classes together. haha

Anyway, these Eggless Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are helping to keep me company on this cold, wet winter day. They’re very simple to make and really hit that sweet-&-salty tooth. And they’re a good go-to recipe when you’re all out of eggs! 
Stay warm my little bakers!

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Eggless Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
(makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies)
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 stick salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp. milk, at room temperature

4 oz. soft caramel chews (I used the generic Target brand, they worked perfectly!)
2 tbsp. whipping cream
sea salt

1. Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 325F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and salt to combine. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue mixing until light and well combined. Add the vanilla, then milk. Add the dry ingredients and mix on a low speed just until the dough forms. Finish mixing with your hands to bring the soft dough together in one large ball.
4. Roll the dough into 1″ balls. (I use a mini cookie scoop to measure out the dough, so the balls are uniform). Place them onto the baking sheet and flatten slightly with your hand. Using the end of a wine cork (I’m sure you all have a wine cork laying around- if you don’t, change that!) press the cork about 1/4″ deep and the diameter of a penny. 
5. Chill the formed cookie dough for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
6. Bake the cookies, in batches, for 15 minutes until the cookies appear set. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
7. Pour the caramel and cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for about a minute, pausing every 20 seconds to stir the caramels. Remove from microwave after a minute and stir until caramel and cream is smooth. Using a small spoon, spoon a teaspoon of caramel into each cookie “thumbprint”. Top with some cracked sea salt, if you’d like.
8. Keep cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recommended: a large glass of milk. These are rich!
Recipe Adapted from Baking Obsession

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Sunshine January 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

They look awesome! You must take a trip to NY to get a taste of some snow. lol



Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

So great! I was out of eggs the other night and had no idea what to do to satisfy my dessert craving…wish I'd had this recipe then. 🙂


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

This recipe sounds delicious. I have to agree, I never complain it is too hot, but it can often be too cold or too wet 🙂 Diane


Leslie January 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

Girl ..you would never survive here in Tampa. I usually rains every afternoon in the summer! The cookies sound amazing!


Rita January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

These are so tempting; Picture Perfect! Would love taste.


Deb @ Paper Turtle January 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Oh these cookies look devine! Your blog is lovely and your photos are fantastic. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. :o)


ramya January 25, 2012 at 7:09 am

Thank you for stopping by my little space.I'm flattered!And a lovely blog you have…wonderful recipes and some amazing clicks too!Think i'm gonna be a regular here.


Danielle January 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

Thats so funny cuz I live in L.A. too and hate that we don't have any "weather" LOL. These cookies sure would satisfy my chocolate craving right about now. YUM


Eliana January 31, 2012 at 2:03 am

Wishing I could go through my screen right now and gobble up a few of these. Amazing!


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