Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas cookie as good as it looks!

Have you ever been to a cookie swap? If you have, you know it's lots of fun. I mentioned here, we were getting ready for a cookie swap. Well, the cookies my daughter made turned out delicious and I knew you'd want the recipe.

She found the recipe for Chocolate-Caramel Thumbprints in the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook and it's a favorite at our house now. I'll list the ingredients at the end of the post.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy: gradually add sugar, beating well. Add melted chocolate, egg yolk, and vanilla, beating until blended. Stir together flour, soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in pecans. Place balls 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.
Press thumb gently into center of each ball, leaving an indentation. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until set. Combine caramels and cream in top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until caramels melt and mixture is smooth.
Remove cookies from oven; cool slightly and press center of each cookie again. Quickly spoon 3/4 teaspoon caramel mixture into center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Microwave morsels and shortening on high 1 minute. Pour melted chocolate in a ziplock bag and seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle over cooled cookies.
Wow! They are not only delicious, but pretty too!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 (1-ounce) semisweet chocolate baking squares, melted
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup very finely chopped pecans
16 caramels
2 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
2 teaspoons shortening
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen.

I'm contributing to Tempt my Tummy Tuesday!


Kate said...

This are impressive...and I know delicious. Your friends are going to be so happy to receive your box of cookies.

Anita said...

These cookies look yummy....I know your boxes of goodies will be well received.

Natasha said...

You sure do have some very lucky friends-those boxes are so cute and the cookies look sensational!

I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful 2010.


The Country Nest said...

The cookie and the presentation look wonderful. What a thoughtful gift this would be. Your daughter did a great job and I bet the two of you had fun too.
Merry Christmas,

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those do look good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings at Christmas, from my mountain top to your home….Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

They sound great and the way that you have boxed them looks so special too. Thanks for sharing and merry christmas to you and yours.

Stacey said...

What a wonderful treat! I love the little boxes too. :)

Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, if I weren't afraid of caramel messing with the fillings in my teeth I would be all over those! They look wonderful!!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Carolyn said...

Those look so pretty and sound yummy as well. I will have to keep these in mind for next years cookie exchange.

Have a wonderful Christmas and blessings for the New Year.

Tootsie said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend and a very happy new year

Sherry said...

Oooh, I've made these several times, and they are scrumptious!! :D

Have a Merry CHRISTmas!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Yum! Those look like great cookies!! Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT. Have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

marmielu said...

You're not kidding - they sound delicious and look it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And your packaging is really something!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Mary Lou

Maureen said...

Wow, those look incredible!

Happy Holidays to you and yours Marsha!

A Gracious Home said...

This is just great. So beautiful and yummy looking. Doylene

Darla said...

These look great! I love how you packaged them too.