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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

Recipe photo courtesy of Emily Kate Roemer

A clever blend of coconut and salt caramels combines in these delicious cookies for just the right amount of sweet, simple, and unexpected.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2012
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Cook's Notes

Store in airtight containers for up to 2 days.

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  • LisaBanninga
    22 MAR, 2015
    Made these for a church function and everyone raved about them. I'm back on the site to get the recipe to pass out to other church mambers.
    • MS10349661
      26 AUG, 2018
      Have you tried freezing these cookies? Did they freeze well?
    • carolkeyes36
      13 JUN, 2018
      Agree! Excellent recipe! Works every time. Great dough. Decadent; delicious!
  • maritagstreet
    9 JUL, 2017
    I made it but I use werthers candy and my daughter and I like it very much.
  • iluvmyluci
    14 DEC, 2014
    I'm sorry but these were horrible! I threw them all out, what a waste of ingredients. I followed the recipe exactly and they were falling apart, super dry, and not nearly sweet enough. The second batch I cooked for a little less time, and they were still bad. :(
  • MS112587500
    7 DEC, 2013
    A favorite holiday cookie now. Basic shortbread dough, egg wash, coconut roll, and thumbprint (x2) - plan on an assembly line and keep going. The caramel cream was simple to make and clean up. Roll smaller balls to make more cookies than stated. Decadent and impressive to serve, too.
  • angobanjo
    4 MAR, 2013
    I added a little egg and it seemed to work but just using a shortbread cookie recipe would probably work. It's worth it because these cookies draw raves.
  • hadriabeth
    27 DEC, 2012
    Made these as Christmas cookies for my fiance who loves salted caramel and coconut. He says hands down the BEST cookies he's ever eaten. I have to agree, they are phenomenal. My family all loved them too. My only complaint would be there are so many steps, they take quite a bit of time to make. But worth the time! Great recipe!!
  • Angela Z
    21 DEC, 2012
    These are so decadent and delicious! Based on previous reviews, I held back a little of the flour and that fixed the 'falling apart' issue, in my opinion. If handling the very buttery dough is difficult, wrap it in some plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge after it comes out of your mixer. So many compliments on these cookies this year! Worth the effort.
  • M029
    7 MAR, 2012
    These cookies looked so beautiful on the cover so I just had to try them. Biggest problem the dough did not want to hold together. Can't figure out what I did wrong. I double checked the receipt and can't find that I missed any steps. Even though the were tasty
  • marthazayko
    1 MAR, 2012
    I have to admit I jumped the gun and tasted cookies before they cooled..therefore finding them doughy...However, after they had a chance to cool completely they were absolutely delicious....I did find them difficult to form into balls though...but will definately try them again!
  • lesconner8
    26 FEB, 2012
    These are amazing!!! They weren't too difficult. I also only needed about half the coconut. I did bake mine nearly the full amount of time listed. I floured my hands to make them into balls which helped a lot. Highly recommended! It also didn't make 54 cookies for me, only about 3 dozen (I must have made them too big, but they turned out great)!

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