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Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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“I found these in a TOH and they instantly became a family classic! They are soft with a gooey center and the flavor is amazing! They are my DH's favorite as well as mine...it's not Christmas without these! (you will want to double this recipe!)”
READY IN:
42mins
SERVES:
12
YIELD:
2.5 dozen
UNITS:
Metric

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and milk.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; add to creamed mixture.Refrigerate 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Beat egg white.Dip balls into egg white and roll in the nuts.
  5. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  6. Make a 3/8 - 1/2 inch indentation in the center of each ball with the end of a wooden spoon (or your thumb!).
  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove to cool on wire racks.
  8. In a heavy saucepan, melt caramels with cream over low heat; stir until smooth.
  9. Using 1/2 tsp caramel mixture, fill each cookie.
  10. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave; drizzle over cookies.

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