A buttery tender thumbprint cookie, filled with an easy, sweet caramel filling and finished with a milk chocolate drizzle and flaked sea salt. These cookies taste like Twix but better, so in other words they're an absolute dream!
Ready in: 1hour5minutes
2 1/4cups (318g)all-purpose flour
1cupunsalted butter,softened about halfway*
2/3cup (140g)granulated sugar
2large egg yolks
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
26(208g)soft caramels such as Kraft, unwrapped
3 1/2Tbspheavy cream
3/4cup (128g)milk chocolate chips or chopped chocolate*
Maldon sea salt flakes or Fleur de Sel,optional
For the cookies: In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and salt. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until well combined.
Mix in egg yolks and vanilla extract then with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined.
Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time (24g) and shape into balls then place on a flat surface and make an indentation in middle of cookies with thumb.
Transfer to plates (leaving a little space between cookies for even chilling. Also don't just make indentation when cookies are on plates or they'll likely stick) and chill in refrigerator 45 - 60 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees halfway through chilling cookies.
Transfer cookies to a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (keep remaining shaped cookies chilled). Bake in preheated oven 14 - 15 minutes until set.
Remove from oven and immediately use the back of a rounded teaspoon to make a deeper indentation in center (as it likely flattened out a bit while baking). Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
For the caramel filling: Add caramels and cream to a medium mixing bowl. Heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth.
Spoon caramel into center of thumbprints adding just enough to fit without overflowing (about 1 heaping tsp). Rewarm as needed.
For the chocolate drizzle: place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth.
Pour melted chocolate chocolate into a small resealable bag or piping bag, cut a tiny tip from corner and drizzle over tops of cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt if using.
Allow chocolate to set at room temperature or in refrigerator. Store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.
Butter should only indent slightly when touched. If it's too well softened cookies will spread more.