Brown Sugar Shortbread Caramel Thumbprint Cookies: The brown sugar makes the shortbread rich and the oozy, gooey caramel centres are perfect.
I’m so excited to begin our Christmas Cookie Week. I’ll be sharing a different favourite cookie recipe everyday this week.
We love Christmas cookies. I have such happy memories of my Grandma and her Christmas cookies. In the days before stand mixers, dishwashers, and convection ovens she’d bake Christmas cookies for a week. Through the Christmas season she’d always have a plate of assorted Christmas cookies to offer us when we visited her.
These brown sugar shortbread caramel thumbprints are so delicious. The brown sugar adds a richness to the shortbread base, and the caramel stays perfectly oozy and soft.
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 1/3 cup whipping cream (35%)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 tsp salt
For the Dough:
- In a stand mixer, mix butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and light.
- Add in flour, and combine until the dough comes together. Take care not to over mix.
- Roll 1 tbsp of dough into a ball, and use a spoon handle or your thumb to create the thumbprint in the centre of each cookie. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350F for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before filling.
- In a pan combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat without stirring. Use a pastry brush dipped in cold water to brush down the sides of the pan with cold water to help prevent crystallization. Boil 4 to5 minutes until the caramel is dark amber.
- Remove from the heat and add the whipping cream, butter, vanilla and salt. The caramel will bubble, so take care with this step. Next, return the pan to a medium-high heat and cook while stirring until the caramel thickens slightly. Let cool for 5 minutes. (If the caramel becomes to cool and stiff to work with reheat.)
- Spoon the warm caramel into the cookies. Let set at least 5 minutes. Optional, sprinkle the cookies with edible glitter.
We’ve sprinkled our cookies with a little edible glitter to dress them up for Christmas, because at Christmas everyone needs a little sparkle. 😉
These cookies are just the first we’ll be sharing with you for Christmas Cookie Week. They make such a great addition to a holiday cookie plate or buffet. 😉
They’re especially perfect for the caramel lover. And if you have a chocolate lover too, these would be great with a drizzle of chocolate over them also.
With Brown Sugar Shortbread Caramel Thumbprints, life really is a party!