Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe courtesy Matt Armendariz
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 25 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr 30 min
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 30 cookies
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

COOKIES:
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, crushed
CARAMEL:
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Directions

For the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, with a paddle attachment on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

With the speed on low, add the almond meal followed by the lightly beaten egg and almond extract.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour and baking powder.

Mix together, with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated. Do not overmix the dough.
Roll 1-inch balls of dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet until all of the shortbread dough has been used.

Gently coat each ball in the egg white and then roll the balls in the crushed almonds.
Divide the balls between 2 parchment-lined baking sheet, about 15 per sheet. Using your thumb, gently press down into the center of each ball, creating a "thumbprint" in the cookie dough.
Place the baking sheets into a refrigerator and allow the cookie balls to chill for about 30 minutes

Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator, place it in the oven and bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until the tops of the cookies just begin to brown.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool.

For the caramel: While the cookies cool, begin making the caramel by combining the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat.

Once the mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, cream, and evaporated milk until fully incorporated.
Cook's Note: Be careful, the mixture will begin to bubble violently.

Stir in the vanilla and allow the hot caramel to cool slightly, about 15 minutes.

Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of the warm caramel into each thumbprint (depending on the size of the thumbprint indentation) on each cookie.

Once all of the cookies have been filled, allow the caramel to set, about 1 hour.
Sprinkle the tops of each cookie with the sea salt flakes and serve or store in an airtight container.

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  • on December 18, 2012

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    I quite liked these cookies. The only trouble I had was in cooking the caramel. It was such a small amount that I had a hard time using my big candy thermometer. I finally got a cup of cold water and dropped in some of the hot mixture - it immediately got hard as a rock. I didn't feel like starting over so I just continued on, using all heavy cream since I didn't want to open a can of evaporated milk for only 1 tablespoon. Surprisingly, it came out well. I thought the caramel would become really hard and harm one's teeth but that didn't happen. I am including these cookies in containers to be given away. I'm pretty sure I will be making these again.

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  • on December 16, 2012

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    I didn't have everything on the list to make this, so changes a couple things - I made mine with Hazelnuts vs. Almonds, as I didn't have the Almonds and I switched the extract to Raspberry, as I also didn't have Almost extract. Use Kosher Salt - didn't have Sea Salt handy. Didn't make the caramel from scratch, I bought it in a squeeze bottle - had to set in the fridge - topped each with a Cherry Cordial Hershey's Kiss - really good - my mouth was loving all the various flavor profiles. You could put Raspberry jam in these (with my changes in the thumb print and it would also make a yummy cookie.

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  • on December 08, 2012

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    If you have problems with the Caramel, buy the Kraft brand already wrapped ones. Cut them to
    fit the cookie and your done..The rest of the recipe do as listed. Saves a lot of work and they
    taste very good..

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