Baking & Desserts Recipes

Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

18th June 2014


I love making biscuits and have seen loads of recipes for ‘thumbprint’ biscuits around recently so thought I’d have a go at making my own. I love the flavours of nuts and caramel together so this is what I decided to go with. You can fill in the thumbprint with whatever you want – melted chocolate, fondant icing, jam or in this case, my particular choice was dulce du leche – i love its rich caramelly goodness. You can make your own, or get it from the supermarket or online, and I always keep a jar in for an indulgent treat. The biscuits turned out well, they were pretty crunchy which went well with having a soft gooey filling and I really like the crunch of pecans. The recipe is pretty simple and quick as well so will work if you’re a bit short on time! I think next time I’ll have a go at chocolate ones possible with a peppermint fondant type filling.

Makes 12-16


  • 250g plain flour
  • 225g softened unsalted butter
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g pecan nuts, finely chopped
  • jar dulce du leche (or what ever filling you choose)


  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffyDSC_0021
  2. Slowly mix in the flour then add the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly
  3. Stir through the chopped pecans
  4. Wrap the mixture in cling film and leave in the fridge to chill for 30minutes
  5. Divide the mixture into roughly equal sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered in baking parchment
  6. Press your thumb into the middle of each ball leaving a deep indentation
  7. Bake in the oven on 180 degrees for about 15minutes or until golden
  8. Leave to cool slightly and then spoon in about 1/2 tsp of dulce du leche into the indentation
  9. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Happy eating 🙂





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  • Reply mysimpledelights 18th June 2014 at 09:28

    Wow!!! They look really good and gooey!!! ?

  • Reply Rebecca 18th June 2014 at 21:22

    These look dangerous, lol! Pinned and look forward to making (and eating). ~Blessings~

  • Reply Julie's Family Kitchen 19th June 2014 at 20:44

    These look a bit yummy, I’ll have to try these out

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