Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
40 min
02 hrs 15 min



2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream


Sea salt

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 2/3 cup butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375ºF.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or end of wooden spoon handle. (Edges may crack slightly). Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream. Cool caramel mixture about 15 minutes.

  5. STEP 5

    Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture into center of each cooled cookie. Let caramel set about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops of each cookie lightly with sea salt.

Tip #1

Salt comes in many varieties. Coarse or flaky sea salt works best for this cookie.


4Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
0Sodium (mg)
7Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  December 16, 2017

Fairly easy to make but recipe doesn't make 4 dozen like it says unless you make them really tiny. More like 3 dozen. Also didn't end up with the indentation being very deep so would probably add a little baking soda to make them puff up more so the indentation is deeper. Caramel is very easy to make and delicious.

— says Brenda
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  August 07, 2017

Perfect! The cookie doesn't need to be very sweet because the caramel adds them plenty of sweetness. These are definitely on my Christmas baking list.

— says Kerri
  June 06, 2017

This recipe doesn't call for baking soda or baking powder?

— says Lisa
  December 30, 2015

Good cookies and fairly easy to make. Made more like 3 dozen as opposed to 4. Used the cork from a wine bottle and t made perfectly sized indents. Also drizzled chocolate on half and really like the look and taste. Thanks for recipe!

— says Cathy
  December 11, 2015

Just made these and thought they were great. Had a little difficulty making them into balls and they tended to crumble when I 'thumbprinted' them but they worked out well and are very tasty.

— says Tina
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