Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

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These Salted Carmel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are a modern twist on a classic cookie recipe that makes them perfect for the fall!

I really wanted something caramelly for this year’s Fall Cookie Week. These Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints certainly satisfied my craving. Boy are they delicious!

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

If you love coconut and caramel, these cookies are downright delicious.

How to Make Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints Cookies:

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

I absolutely adore coconut, so I really love these cookies. I also can’t get over how wonderfully the salt and caramel work together. If you’ve never experienced this combination, you must give it a try.

I know it sounds weird, but it’s like a little flavor party for your mouth.

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies:

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints

I thought about dipping half of each cookie into melted chocolate, but I resisted.If you decide to give that a try, I think it would totally take these cookies to the next level. Give me a shout out if you do.

With this recipe under our belts, I have one more cookie to share with you tomorrow. I’m actually making them this morning, and I’m pretty excited about it.

I’ll catch you on the flip side for our final recipe!

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Salted Carmel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

These Salted Carmel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies are a modern twist on a classic cookie recipe that makes them perfect for the fall!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thumbprints, cookies, fall baking, salted caramel, coconut, coconut thumbprints, fall cookies, fall cookie week



  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, beat together your butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes); then beat in the vanilla and salt. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour and beat until just combined.
  • Roll the dough with your hands into 1-inch balls.
  • Then, in one small bowl place your lightly beaten eggs. In another small bowl, place your coconut. Dip each ball first in the egg, then roll in the coconut.
  • Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press an indentation into each ball with your thumb, finger, or back of a wooden spoon. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and re-press the indentations. (Use caution since the cookies are hot.) Place the cookies back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until the cookies and coconut are golden.
  • Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Now, place the unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir constantly until the caramels are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spoon the caramel sauce into the cookie indentations. Then, sprinkle with sea salt.

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  1. These have become my favorite Christmas cookie over the last couple years and all of my friends and family get excited for me to make them each holiday season. I add the zest of one lemon to the shortbread dough and it really takes these to the next level. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  2. I followed this recipe exactly as printed, and the cookies are delicious. A new family favorite for my holiday baking! I used Brach soft caramels, and I love that the caramel centers stay so soft (not sticky or chewy) even after they’ve cooled. Great balance of flavors and very satisfying texture in this cookie!

    1. I personally don’t use the metric system for measurements. However, I’m certain there are many free online tools that use can use for the conversion. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  3. Made these for the family for Christmas this year and the kids said they were (hands down) the best cookie I have ever made. Absolutely delightful. I used werthers caramels and the result was magical. Santa adored them!

  4. I’ve made this twice in the last week, they are great in holiday treat boxes. They’re pretty and delicious. I love rolling them in coconut instead of mixing it in the dough, the coconut it toasted and gorgeous.

  5. I have made this recipe before…and everyone LOVES them….however, today when I made them…they didn’t hold their shape. They flattened out, making the hole for the caramel very shallow. It almost seemed like there was too much butter, although I used the exact recipe (3 sticks of butter). Do you have any suggestions regarding the reason for them flattening? Thank You.

    1. Hmmm. I’m not sure especially if you made them before and they worked well. Maybe a different flour? Not enough flour? It could be a variety of things.

      xo Michael

  6. These cookies by far were the WORST thing that I’ve made EVER!!! Cant understand why these people are saying great things about them. I’ve been baking for 39yrs now and these go down in the BAD book for this household. None of my family or friends enjoyed these. Thank heaven my husband luvs me or I’d be looking at a quick divorce!! And I wouldn’t blame him!! I cant say anything more than a BIG THUMBS DOWN!!

  7. These look so delicious – I am going to try making them!!! Best part is that the hubs doesn’t care for coconut OR salted caramel (really now, is that even normal?!?!?). So, they would all be mine….just mine!!!

  8. Thus was my first attempt at a thumbprint cookie and as they say, your results may vary. LOL. They are scrumptious but I had a problem with spreading at first. They were going very flat and losing the indentation. I decided to bake the balls without making a divot for about 6 minutes. I pulled them out, used the back of my 1/2 tsp spoon to make the divot and put them back in for more baking. I pulled them out one more time to re-divot then finished baking. They took a bit longer to bake but held their shape better.

  9. Sounds amazing! Could I freeze the dough (pre-bake) and bake this cookies a week later?
    Would it be better to freeze it before the egg ang coconut step??