Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies

Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies | platingsandpairings.com

These Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies will quickly become your favorite. Light, buttery and crisp and topped with the most perfect salted caramel sauce and crunchy almonds.

Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies | platingsandpairings.com

Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies | platingsandpairings.com

My Salted Caramel Sauce gets around. It started off as an ice cream topping. Then, Thanksgiving rolled around, and I used it to top off my Pumpkin Pie (amaze!). Then, I amped it up a notch. I spiked it with apple brandy, and used it in these pretty ‘lil Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets. In the summer, I made Salted Caramel Yogurt Popsicles. And once more, I used it to top this Lighted Up Cookie Skillet. I can’t get enough of the stuff! Not only is it easy to make, it’s amazingly delicious, and totally addicting.

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In an effort to eke one more recipe out using this sauce that has won over my heart, I created these: Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies. Try saying that three times fast…

But I had to name them Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies. I didn’t want to leave out any of the deliciousness from the title. Who doesn’t love salted caramel, crunchy almonds, and crispy butter cookies?

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 I chose to use Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds as my topper. I wanted to be sure that the almonds weren’t overly salted, because I wanted to give the cookies a ‘lil bit of extra decoration with a sprinkling of flake sea salt at the end. As much as a salt-fiend that I am, there’s no need to go into sodium overload. These had just the perfect amount of a salty and sweet touch.

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 I sent a batch of these along with Rick to give to some of his clients during the holiday season. He told them that he made the cookies. And then he told them the truth. And then they ate them. I’m told they were a huge hit!

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Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Platings & Pairings
These Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies will quickly become your favorite. Light, buttery and crisp and topped with the most perfect salted caramel sauce and crunchy almonds.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salted caramel sauce cooled
  • 30 Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds
  • Flake sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Combine butter, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed, until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb (edges may crack slightly).
  4. Bake 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  5. Scoop ½ teaspoon of cooled caramel sauce to fill the center each cookie, top with an almond and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Wine Pairings for Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies:

  • If you’re on the hunt for a wine to pair with this dessert, aim for a Tawny Port. It’s flavors echo so nicely with the caramel sauce and the buttery flavor of the cookies.

Looking for more cookie recipes? Try these:

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions are my own. I’m obsessed with all of their products! 

14 comments

  1. Catherine

    Making these with homemade salted caramel sauce would be so indulgent! I bet these are a big hit at parties.

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    1. Erin

      The caramel sauce is to die for Catherine! Love it!

      Reply

  2. Erin

    You sold me on the caramel sauce…

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It’s my favorite Erin!!! I’m a bit obsessed…

      Reply

  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Delicious! I love cookie recipes that don’t have a zillion ingredients and these look so fabulous. Happy 2016, Erin!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Happy New Year to you as well Marlynn!

      Reply

  4. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    If I had to be any sauce in the world, it would be caramel sauce! Yum!

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    1. Erin

      Totally agree Meredith!

      Reply

  5. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    That caramel sauce–oh my word! Can’t wait to try! Pinned.

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  6. Jennifer A Stewart

    I love the idea of wine with cookies! My favorite shortbread cookies are topped with royal icing and called bachelor buttons. These might just be my new favorite! Salted caramel is great! Totally drinking port with my cookies from now on!

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    1. Erin

      The bachelor buttons sound right up my alley too Jennifer! Yum!

      Reply

  7. anne medrow

    Just a question … Does the caramel sauce firm up on the cookies or does it stay sticky or runny? I want to make these and package them for an exchange and I can’t use a cookie that will stick to the other cookies or to the packaging.

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    1. Erin

      Hi Anne – Unfortunately the caramel sauce remains a bit sticky.

      Reply

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