Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprints

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

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.

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Gingerbread Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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Servings: 3
Author: Lauren Keating



  • 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.
  • 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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By on December 17th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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8 thoughts on “Caramel Gingerbread Thumbprints”

  1. G’day! These look terrific! YUM! Wish I could have one now!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. Hi Lauren! These look so good, and with whole wheat flour? Wow, pinned for safe keeping! ~ Melissa

  3. I love that you combined gingerbread and salted caramel here… two of my faves!


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