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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Thumbprints [Week 9 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]

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.

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Thumbprints [Week 9 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]


Ingredients

  • 1 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

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.

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  1. Louanne

    November 26th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    These caught my eye almost immediately – love the way you packaged them for giving, too!

  2. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    thank you Louanne!

  3. Mary

    November 26th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Wow! These sound and look INCREDIBLE! Turtles are probably one of my favorites too… love the combo of flavors and can’t wait to give this a try!!

    Mary

  4. Erin @ Making Memories

    November 26th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Your cookies look heavenly! What a wonderful gift. Thank you gifts are a rare thing these days it seems. How wonderful that you do this! What a blessing!

  5. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Aren’t they? So are thank you notes. Thanks Erin.

  6. mickey

    November 26th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Those are beautiful. What a sweet little gift.
    mickey

  7. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    thanks Mickey!

  8. yesenis

    December 3rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Will definitely be making these for Christmas gifts! Thanks!

  9. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    You are welcome!

  10. Kelley Epstein

    November 26th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    The cookies look divine and you always have the most beautiful packaging. Anybody would be so happy to receive these!

  11. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    thank you Kelley!

  12. Pam in Texas

    November 26th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I have a really good, fast, mock turtle recipe. I have given these for quick gifts at Christmas:

    Mock Turtle Candies:
    Christmas shaped pretzels or mini pretzel knots
    Chocolate caramel candies (like Rolo)
    Whole pecans

    Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Place pretzels (I picked the star shapes out of a large jar I bought at our local discount club – Sam’s or Cosco) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (makes cleanup a breeze!) Place in oven for 5 minutes or until chocolate on candy is shiny and little melted. Removed from oven and quickly press 1 whole pecan on the candy. Let cool. Enjoy!

  13. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    thank you Pam! They sound great. And easy.

  14. Sue

    November 27th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    These are absolutely beautiful! I’d love to have one, so I better make them myself:)

  15. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    They were fun to make. A little more complicated than the usual cookies that I make, but fun.

  16. Jenn@eatcakefordinner

    November 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I have made this same recipe before! I don’t have a fancy turtle recipe, I just put about 3 pecans on a cookie sheet in separate piles, then pour a little homemade caramel over each pile, then when that sets up, I dip the whole thing in melted milk chocolate. Not fancy, but delicious! Let me know if you find a really good turtle recipe!

  17. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    that sounds delicious.

  18. Katie Rose

    November 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Not only do the cookies look incredible (I’d definitely agree with “fancy” as a description) but you packaged them up so nicely to! I love the adorable snowmen. I am sure that whomever you gave these to as a thank you was very glad to have been the recipient, I know I would have been

  19. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you Katie!

  20. CJ

    November 27th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    These look great and I want to make them for a cookie exchange – about how many cookies does the recipe make?

  21. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I would say about 2 dozen cookies.

  22. kate

    November 27th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    here is the pretzel turtle recipe that i use. they are so simple yet VERY addictive. hope you like them. πŸ™‚ https://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pretzel-Turtles/Detail.aspx

    also, these thumbprint cookies look amaaaaazing! can’t wait to bake them! πŸ˜‰

  23. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    thank you Kate!!

  24. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    November 28th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Those looks incredible!!!

  25. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    thank you Alison!

  26. Katie | GoodLife Eats

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    These look incredible! I hope you link them up for this coming Wednesday’s Holiday Recipe Exchange. The theme is chocolate, so they would be perfect! πŸ™‚

  27. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    thank you Katie! I will link them up, thanks for the heads up.

  28. Trisha

    November 28th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Bree the sound delicious and as always, look wonderful … hope u had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  29. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    thank you Trisha! I hope that you did too.

  30. Kelly

    November 28th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    These ARE delish! I made them for a movie/chocolate night I was having with some girlfriends. The recipe makes quite a few so I even have some left…yay!

    Thanks for another wonderful recipe Bree!

  31. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    glad that you liked them! Girls night sounds like fun.

  32. Jess`

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I love how simple yet adorable your gift warpping is. Can I ask, where do you get the stickers that you write all your fun messages on?

  33. bakedbree

    November 29th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I got these at a scrapbooking store. They are an October Afternoon product. https://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/october-afternoon/74782-cherry-hill-label-stickers/

  34. Lisa

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Wow, those cookies are a thing of beauty. I wish I was the lucky recipient.

  35. bakedbree

    November 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    thank you Lisa! I hope that someone gives you something beautiful this holiday season.

  36. Crustabakes

    November 29th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    i wish someone would gift me like that. Boxes and cookies. I love them both!

  37. bakedbree

    November 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    thank you Crustabakes!

  38. Tracy

    November 29th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful cookies! These would be an adorable Christmas gift!

  39. bakedbree

    November 29th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    thank you Tracy!

  40. Lisa

    December 1st, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I’m in heaven! These look fabulous! YUMMY!

  41. bakedbree

    December 1st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    thank you Lisa!

  42. Avril

    December 1st, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Extremely gorgeous in every sense of the way! I just LOVE these little gems….and the packaging is SO cute!!!! πŸ™‚

  43. Emma Aubry

    December 1st, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Bree! This is my first time commenting, but I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and I absolutely adore it. I just wanted to let you know that I adapted this recipe on my blog, La Vie en Ginger–you can view it at https://emmaaubryroberts.blogspot.com if you are so inclined. Thanks for the idea!

  44. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thank you Emma! I’ll check out yours.

  45. Carrie

    December 3rd, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Looks fantastic. I’m going to make these for my book club cookie swap. Can you tell me an estimate on how many cookies you got from this batch? Thanks!

  46. bakedbree

    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    about 2 dozen thumbprints.

  47. Michelle

    December 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    These look wonderful…I’m going to make them for a party tomorrow. Approximately how many in a batch?

  48. bakedbree

    December 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    about 2 dozen.

  49. BB

    December 29th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I LOVE BAKING AND YOUR WEBSITE HELPS ME SO MUCH

  50. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I am glad that I can help you out.

  51. Yesenia

    December 5th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hello Bree! I just discovered your website and I am in love! these little chocolate caramel pecans look devine and I can’t wait to test them out myself, I am sure they will make someone very happy for Christmas! Would you mind telling me what recipe that delicious cup with whipped cream and crushed peppermint is under? looks yummy, thanks! – Yesenia

  52. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    It is for rich and creamy hot chocolate. https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/rich-and-creamy-hot-chocolate

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