Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle – cookie perfection!

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle - cookie perfection! | MomOnTimeout.com

Oh. My. Gosh.  I am SO glad that Halloween is finally over!  Don’t get me wrong – I love Halloween.  Really.  It’s just there is always so much drama surrounding it and of course, it’s always super fabulous when it’s on a Thursday.

Thursday.

Why?  Seriously, can we not unanimously agree to have Halloween on a Friday night?  See, the kids in our neighborhood, you know the “older” kids, don’t realize that our boys have an 8 o’clock bedtime.  Apparently when you’re 12 (or 17 as the case may be), you don’t really worry so much about what the lack of jack-o-lanterns might mean.

Speaking of 17 year olds, OH MY GOSH!  I don’t even know how many teenagers rolled up to our house, NO COSTUMES ON, and shoved their backpacks in my face.  If Bryce wasn’t having the bestest time ever handing out candy, I’m not sure I would have been able to hold back.  Honestly, I’m all for them taking my candy so I don’t have any extra lying around the house, but please, PLEASE, at least put on a costume!  Isn’t that a rule?  It should be.

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle - cookie perfection! | MomOnTimeout.com

Speaking of dangerous goodies around the house, these cookies certainly fit the bill.  I quickly realized that they needed to be packaged up and sent with Chris to work today for a potluck.  Yep.  I’m smart.

I’ll admit, I am always a sucker for caramel.  It may be my new favorite thing.  And I especially love it when it’s all soft and gooey inside a cookie.  Kind of like this.

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle - cookie perfection! | MomOnTimeout.com

I’m totally jumping ahead here.  First you have to actually make the cookies, which isn’t hard at all considering they start with a box of Spice cake mix.  Sure, the dough has to be refrigerated and all but that just gives you time to get the pecans chopped and unwrap the caramels.  And try to not to eat said caramels.  I did say I’m a sucker for caramel right?

These are thumbprint cookies which are always fun, because well, that means there’s usually a puddle of goodness in the middle.  I’m pretty sure that’s always a good thing.

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle - cookie perfection! | MomOnTimeout.com

I went ahead and added a white chocolate drizzle because the cookies looked a little naked without it.  I had help.  See the cookie on the far right?  That’s Bryce’s masterpiece.  I think he has a future in drizzling…

Wait.  That didn’t sound right.

…Anyways, a short time later you end up with this awesomeness…

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle - cookie perfection! | MomOnTimeout.com

Now people, you bring these to a party and I can guarantee you you’re going to get compliments and recipe requests.  Just send them my way ;)

Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies

36 cookies

Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

    Cookie
  • 4 oz light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 Tbls butter, melted
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box Spice cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • Caramel Center
  • 16 caramels
  • 3 Tbls heavy whipping cream
  • White Chocolate Drizzle (Optional)
  • 1 tsp shortening
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add butter, 1 egg, and vanilla and continue beating until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add cake mix, half of the box at a time, mixing until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour and then roll dough into 1 inch balls.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Heat unwrapped caramels and whipping cream in a small saucepan over low heat until nice and smooth.
  7. Lightly beat egg white and dip balls first in egg white and then roll in chopped pecans.
  8. Place balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet about one inch apart. Use your thumb to press in the center, making an indention.
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes. If the indention has disappeared during baking, use a measuring spoon to re-create the indention.
  10. Spoon caramel mixture into the center of the cookies and remove to a wire rack and let cool. {If the caramel has thickened too much, just reheat on low until it reaches a thinner consistency.}
  11. Be careful not to overfill the cookies...
  12. Once the cookies have cooled, melt white chocolate chips and shortening in microwave by heating in 15 second intervals, stirring in between.
  13. Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cookies and let it set up.
  14. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
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Comments

  1. Ugh Halloween NEEDS to be on a weekend. Today was ridiculous. And the teens make me laugh. They were even out before dark in our neighborhood! These cookies – FABULOUS!
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  2. I have had some rude older kids come. Lights out, after 8:00, ringing my doorbell and looking through the glass at the top of my door. If you’re tall enough to look through that glass, you shouldn’t be trick or treating! These cookies look chewy, gooey, and utterly delicious. Pinning!
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  3. Love those big puddles of caramel in the center! That’s my language right there!

  4. Is there a recipe that doesn’t use a box mix? These sound wonderful but I’d prefer to make the dough from scratch.

  5. OMG – do these ever look fabulous! I’ll have to give these a try and adding to my Christmas cookie baking marathon!
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  6. I LOVE thumbprint cookies! Love the puddle! And the drizzle too! :)
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  7. I guess I’m lucky since we stopped getting trick-or-treaters and no one rang our bell after 8:00.
    These look amazing! I love thumbprint cookies, but I’ve never seen caramel ones. So fancy!
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  8. These look so yummy, Trish. I just pinned them. Another great recipe. I don’t know how you do it. Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com
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  9. they look delish!
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  10. Yummy! Thanks for sharing! I must try this recipe soon! :)

  11. Oh these are making my mouth water!! The puddles of caramel look so tasty!
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