Tender buttery thumbprint cookies are coated with sweet shredded coconut and filled with salty decadent caramel. Such a delicious cookie recipe!
Ready in: 55minutes
1 3/4cup (150g)sweetened shredded coconut
1cup (226g)unsalted butter, cold and diced into small cubes
1/2cup (108g)granulated sugar
1/4tspMorton Fine Sea Salt or table salt
2tspreal coconut extract
2cups (283g)all-purpose flour
28(226g)soft caramels,such as Kraft
3 1/2Tbspheavy cream
Morton Coarse Sea Salt,for topping
For the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Add coconut to a small mixing bowl. Add egg to a separate small mixing bowl and whisk well until blended. Set aside.
Add butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Sprinkle fine salt evenly over butter and sugar then mix on medium-low speed until well combined.
Mix in coconut extract. With mixer on low speed slowly add in flour and mix just until combined.
Scoop dough out in 1 even tablespoon at a time and shape into balls. Roll each dough ball in egg mixture then in coconut mixture (press coconut onto cookies to help it stick better).
Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets spacing at least 1-1/2 inches apart. Make indentation in each cookie with thumb or forefinger. Transfer baking sheet to freezer and chill for 10 minutes, or refrigerate 30 minutes.
Transfer 1 baking sheet to oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and re-indent cookies using the back of a rounded 1/2 teaspoon*.
Return cookies to oven and continue to bake 6 - 9 minutes longer until the coconut is golden brown on edges and cookies have baked through. Cool on pan for several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the caramel filling: Add caramel to a medium microwave safe bowl. Pour in cream. Heat mixture in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well between intervals until melted and smooth.
Spoon caramel into indentations in cookies. Sprinkle caramel lightly with sea salt before it starts to set. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
At this point, if the coconut is browning too much your oven probably cooks too hot, but you can just tent the cookies with foil and proceed as directed.