chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeWhen someone does something nice for you, I think that it is always good form to reciprocate in the like.  These cookies were a thank you gift for someone that helped me out of a bind.   Sometimes, I am surprised at how kind people are.  It is so refreshing to have someone out of the blue do something nice for you and make your life a little easier.  These kinds of people need to be thanked.  And thanked often.  So, Mrs. C, thank you so much for helping me out last week.  I truly appreciate it.

I remember Mrs. C telling me that she loved turtles.  You know what I mean, the candy with caramel, chocolate, and pecans.  Um, I like that combo too.  But I had a hard time coming up with something to make.  I searched the Interweb and eventually came across these from Better Homes and Gardens.  They are rich and chocolaty and have a nice crunch from the pecans.  The base alone makes a pretty tasty little snack, but the caramel and extra chocolate make it super fancy.  I like fancy.

Do you have a fabulous turtle recipe?  If so can you link it for me in the comments?  Awesome.  Thanks!

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipe1 egg
1/2 cup room temperature butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 caramels
3 Tablespoons cream
1 1/4 finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeSeparate the egg and reserve the egg white.  Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.  Put the flour, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeAdd the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeWrap the dough in parchment or plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeMelt the caramels and the cream in a bowl.  I microwaved mine in 30 second intervals and stirred them until they were completely melted.  Set aside.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeI used a small ice cream scoop and rolled the dough into balls.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeWhip the reserved egg whites until foamy.  Roll the dough balls into the egg whites.  Then roll them into the chopped pecans.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipePut the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Using your thumb, press down to form a well in the cookie.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeBake the cookies in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  The edges will be firm.  If your thumbprint puff up, just press your thumb into it again.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeIf your caramel is to thick, stick it back in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it back up.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeFill the indent with the caramel.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeMelt the chocolate chips in the microwave.  Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between each interval until the chocolate is completely melted.  Add the oil until it is drizzling consistency.

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeAren’t they beautiful?

chocolate caramel pecan thumbprint recipeI packaged them in a box lined with parchment.  I found these cute little snowman stickers at Michaels.  They are from the Martha Stewart collection.  I added a little ribbon and a sticker and it is ready for giving.

twelve weeks of cookies

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Thumbprints [Week 9 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]
 
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 16 caramels
  • 3 Tablespoons cream
  • 1¼ finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg and reserve the egg white. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Put the flour, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  3. Wrap the dough in parchment or plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Melt the caramels and the cream in a bowl. I microwaved mine in 30 second intervals and stirred them until they were completely melted. Set aside.
  5. I used a small ice cream scoop and rolled the dough into balls.
  6. Whip the reserved egg whites until foamy. Roll the dough balls into the egg whites. Then roll them into the chopped pecans.
  7. Put the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Using your thumb, press down to form a well in the cookie.
  8. Bake the cookies in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. The edges will be firm. If your thumbprint puff up, just press your thumb into it again.
  9. If your caramel is to thick, stick it back in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it back up.
  10. Fill the indent with the caramel.
  11. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between each interval until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the oil until it is drizzling consistency.