Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Take your cookies to new levels with these super easy and tasty Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are so good you won’t be able to eat just one! Plus, with a quick and convenient hack, there’s no fussing with homemade caramel.

Salted caramel thumbprint cookies on a wire rack

Thumbprint cookies are cute and extra flavorful! The thumbprint indentation in each cookie is the perfect spot to hold the salted caramel. These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are some of the tastiest I’ve ever made, not to mention the easiest!

You don’t need anything fancy to make these cookies, and you don’t even have to make the caramel from scratch. The cookies are easy and delish, and the caramel thumbprint is pretty nearly perfect.

Craving cookies? These are nut-free and school-friendly cookies that everyone in the family will love!

What Are Thumbprint Cookies?

Thumbprint cookies are cookies with a filling. The filling sits in a small well in the center of the cookie, which you create with your thumb or finger. They can be filled with jam, lemon curd, fudge, or in this case, salted caramel. These chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies are cute and different, and the flavors of the cookie complement the filling.

Salted caramel thumbprint cookies on a white plate sitting a striped napkin


  • Butter – You’ll need 1 cup of softened butter, that’s 2 sticks.
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Cocoa powder
  • Milk – Whole milk, or whatever you have on hand.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder – Check the expiry date; baking powder can expire.
  • Baking soda
  • Caramels – The soft kind, Werthers Originals, or even Kraft caramels work fine.
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Coarse sea salt

You’ll Also Need

  • Baking sheet(s)
  • Parchment paper
  • Stand mixer with paddle or hand mixer