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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
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2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired


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, granulated sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired; 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 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.

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Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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