Big, bold gingerbread thumbprint cookies filled with chewy, salted caramel. Pour yourself a big glass of milk and enjoy! salted caramel gingerbread thumbprint cookies | Healthy-Delicious.com

I’ve been a little cookie-happy this Christmas. Between the Cinnamon Chipotle Crinkles, Maple-Walnut Butter Cookies and now these Salted Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprints… let’s just say I could use a vegetable or two in my life right about now. This is my last cookie for the season though – promise!

These gingerbread cookies are soft and chewy, with a big punch of molasses. No wimpy gingerbread, here. The centers are filled with caramel and a pinch of flaky salt. They’re sticky and sweet and over the top and awesome. The crinkles and butter cookies that I shares earlier this month are great with a cup of tea or cocoa, but these gingerbread thumbprints cry out for a big, cold glass of milk.

salted caramel gingerbread thumbprint cookies | Healthy-Delicious.com

Gingerbread Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
 
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Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 18 soft caramel candies, cut in half (I use Werther's chewy caramels)
  • Kosher salt, for sprinkling
Preparation
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the molasses, ginger and egg; mix well. Sift in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Press dough into a thick, flat disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicon baking mat. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on your prepared baking sheet. Use your thumb to make a small indentation in each ball; place a caramel candy into each indentation. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown and the cookies look soft but set. Transfer to a rack and let cool.

 

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