Monday, September 7, 2015

Frightfully Decadent Salty Caramel Thumbprint Cookies & August's Apron Winner

Well, that's a mouthful...but a good one!  Ever since a friend of mine posted on Facebook a similar looking cookie, I couldn't help stop thinking about how I could come up with a recipe that would be close.  I hope once she sees this recipe, she'll let me know.

As far as the flavor combination, I first fell in love with caramel and chocolate together, with a hint of sea salt, while living in the Pacific Northwest.  Fran's Chocolates is a Seattle landmark and her chocolate-covered caramel is a favorite of mine, my daughters, and thousands of people who know these confections.  It's just one of the things I miss, although you can order-on-line.

My other inspiration was a new sugar that King Arthur Flour has come out with...Sweet & Salty Caramel Sugar.  Rolling the "thumbprint" cookies in it before baking certainly gave it that taste I miss with Fran's caramels.  And, just to make them a little more decadent, I added a bag of Health Toffee Bits; that one was for Kelly because that was her favorite candy bar:-D
With August behind us, September is here, which means that getting ready for the holidays is only a matter of time; short time.  I think these will definitely be in my cookie boxes this year.

Frightfully Decadent Salty Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. (approx. 3/4 cup) bittersweet chocolate chips melted and slightly cooled
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Cocoa Rouge (or Dutch-processed cocoa)
1-8 oz. bag of Health Toffee Bits

Sweet & Salty Caramel Sugar
1 bag of Kraft caramels (you'll only use about 1/2 bag) cut in half

2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted with 1 tsp. shortening

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter.  Add the sugars and cream to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed, with a rubber spatula.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract.  Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium to combine.  

Mix the dry ingredients together and add them to the batter, along with the toffee bits.  Mix on low to combine.  Place about 3 tablespoons of Sweet & Salty Caramel Sugar in a bowl or dish.  Scoop up the dough and roll in the sugar.  Place the cookie balls on the parchment-lined sheets and use your thumbprint to indent the center. Add one-half piece of caramel.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool about 7-10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.  This is why two sheets are convenient; you can have one baking and one cooling!

Prepare drizzle by melted the bittersweet chocolate and shortening together.  Transfer to a small pastry bag, or a small plastic bottle.  Drizzle the chocolate over the almost cooled cookies and allow to set about an hour.
These are so good...really good if you a chocolate/caramel lover. Enjoy!

Now, the winner of August's Apron is Brenda!  Please email me your address and I'll get this out to you ASAP!  Congratulations:-D

I am sewing September's Apron today and will have it up tomorrow; stay tune.


  1. Chocolate, Caramel...oh yes!! Congrats to Brenda on winning the beautiful apron this month. Now you have me wanting some cookies!

    1. I know--ever since I saw the ones my friend was having, I had to have one!

  2. Wow, what a combination of delectable flavors! These cookies look delicious.

  3. They are so YUM! Congratulations, Brenda!

  4. Congratulations to Brenda.
    Just send me the bag of carmels...yum.
    stamping sue

  5. Well, THEY look pretty scrumptious !!! And I love the fabric choice in your August apron!

  6. Oh my, oh my, oh my! Decadent for win the prize on this fab cookie Susan! I think your apron is most likely the best creation yet! Darling my girl, just darling!!!!

  7. Oh! My that looks so naughty and it sounds irresistible and I bet it was!!! :-)

    Congratulations to Brenda I know she will be delighted with that lovely cheerful apron because I have one too hee! Hee!

    kep well

    Amanda x

  8. Oh those do look decadent. I have a King Arthur catalog right here...ah yes, the caramel, salty, sugar thing. Oh oh. Congrats to Brenda...such a pretty apron. I will be back to see the new apron. It's always fun to see the new month's fabrics.

  9. Congratulations to Brenda! She is going to love her new apron.
    Now these cookies---Oh my goodness they would not last long in my home! Have a lovely evening dear Susan. xo ♥

  10. Those look amazingly delicious and the apron is so pretty!