Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
First, let me say that it is taking all the will-power I have as I sit here writing this post to not get up and grab one of these cookies.  They are delicious!  It was my Mom's birthday this week, and instead of a cake or pie, she got these.  I think it was a good choice.

{ the recipe comes from the February 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living }

- 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Table salt
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 12 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
- 44 small soft caramel candies (12 ounces), such as Kraft
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- Large, flaky sea salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and 1/2 teaspoon table salt, and beat to combine. Press dough together in plastic wrap, then roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip each ball in beaten egg, and roll in coconut. Place balls on parchment-lined (or use silpat mats, like I do) baking sheets, and press an indentation into each with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove sheets from oven, and re-press indentations. Bake cookies until golden, 9 to 10 minutes more. Let cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

2.  Place caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Spoon into indentations in cookies, and sprinkle with sea salt. Rewarm caramel if it hardens before all cookies are filled.

If you are looking for a new cookie to try, I can't recommend these enough.  In fact, I'm off to snack on one right now!

Party Rules:
1.  Include a link in the post you are linking up back to this post
2.  Add the Tasty Tuesday button to the post you are linking up.


  1. Those cookies look awesome, Alissa... I want to dip them in chocolate! Thanks for hosting :)

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  3. Happy Birthday to your mom! Hope your willpower sustains! Your cookies look delicious.

  4. Hi Alissa,
    I just love the sweet and salty combination, these cookies look delicious! I am sharing my Chipotle Chocolate Molten Cake today. Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  5. Those cookies look incredible! Thanks for hosting such a great party every week!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  6. Those cookies look divine! Thanks so much for hosting :)

  7. Alissa, great minds think alike. I linked up my caramel coconut kiss cookies (using Hershey's coconut kisses). Enjoy! THanks for hosting each week!

  8. Oh my gosh these are AMAZING. A friend made these a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't stop from shoveling them in my mouth! So glad to be able to pin the recipe, thank you!

  9. These would be so awesome with a salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks :). My husband would love these...he loves anything caramel. Don't you just love silpat baking mats? I am so in love with mine! THanks for hosting!

  10. What a wonderful combination..caramel and coconut.

  11. Oooh yum! You know what, though - now I'm wondering how, say, a lemon or lime sauce would work in place of the caramel. Very springy. What do you think - would the cookies hold up to something like that?

  12. OH yuuuummmm!!! These look super delish! We both have coconut on the brains! ;)

  13. You had me at salted caramel. Wow!

  14. These look amazing! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Your photographs are always amazing. Thanks for hosting.

  16. there are so many incredible looking posts this week! Will make my way around after class :)

    This week I've posted my recipe for left over roasted veggies - stick em in an omelet and eat it for breakfast! (or supper because breakfast at dinner time is awesome).

  17. Caramel and Coconut. Two of my favorite things. I bet they would be yummy rolled in sugar, too! YUM!

  18. these look too heavenly- just started linking up- you are too great!

  19. Alissa, these cookies look wonderful! I love the salted caramel thing. I discovered some on Cape Cod called Be Quiet caramels. Yummy. I want to try this recipe, looks yummy~

  20. Your cookies look amazing! I can taste them now! I'm thinking I might make them as part of our Easter desserts.


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