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Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies

These Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies start with a spice cake mix and end with a white chocolate drizzle – cookie perfection!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel spice thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 144kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout



  • 4 oz light cream cheese room temperature
  • 8 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 15.25 oz Spice cake mix 1 box
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans finely chopped

Caramel Center

White Chocolate Drizzle (Optional)

  • 1 tsp shortening
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


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


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg