Gingerbread Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies



These sugar coated Gingerbread Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies with a gooey caramel center and drizzled with chocolate glaze are sure to become a favorite on your holiday cookie platter.

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Can you believe Christmas is next week already? I am happy to report that my holiday check list has gotten much smaller – I have finished the bulk of my crafts and baking and only have a few more gifts to purchase :)




On the weekend, we attended one of my dearest friend’s Christmas party in the city.

I was in charge of desserts so I brought along a few platters with a large variety of biscotti, macarons, cookies, truffles and fudge.

Since we were also staying overnight at my in-laws I also brought along a platter for them as well.

I think I tend to go a little bit overboard when I’m in charge of bringing food and made enough to feed about 100 people when there were only about 15-20 of us – hehe whoops.

Although there were some leftovers, everyone was more than happy to take a batch of treats home.




Including these Gingerbread Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints which were a big hit with not very many leftover.

The cookies start off with a soft gingerbread cookie dough rolled into turbinado sugar. The thumbprint center is filled with a melted gooey caramel filling, then a chocolate glaze is drizzled over the top. I also filled some of the cookies with the chocolate glaze for some variety on the cookie platter.



These would be a perfect addition to your holiday assortment of cookies and are sure to disappear in a flash.

Enjoy and happy Tuesday everyone :)


Gingerbread Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

These sugar coated gingerbread thumbprint cookies with a caramel center and chocolate glaze are sure to become a holiday favorite.


    Gingerbread cookies
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses (I used Grandma's original)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar or coarse sugar for rolling cookies
  • Caramel Filling
  • 20-30 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoons of corn syrup


    Gingerbread cookies
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and mix well.
  4. Beat in vanilla extract and egg, mixing well.
  5. Turn mixer to low, and gradually add in flour mixture until just mixed and combined.
  6. Shape dough into a ball or flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  8. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silcone mat. Preheat oven to 350°F
  9. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll into sugar. IMG_0550.jpg
  10. Make an indent in the cookie using the back of a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon or your thumb. IMG_0551.jpg
  11. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to brown. Press down on the indent again.
  12. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely before filling caramel.
  13. Caramel Filling
  14. In a small saucepan, toss together unwrapped caramels and cream. Cook over low heat until caramels are melted. IMG_0544.jpg
  15. Spoon small amount of caramel into centers of baked, cooled cookies. IMG_0569.jpg
  16. Chocolate Glaze
  17. Combine bittersweet chips, butter and in a small bowl microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir. Microwave again for 10 second increments stirring in between until melted.
  18. Mix in corn syrup. Let cool and pour chocolate into a small Ziploc bag.
  19. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over the cooled cookies.
  20. Cool until set.


Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container in a single layer. They will stick if stacked on top. You can also refrigerate or freeze the cookies in individual layers, then store between layers of waxed paper in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Barely adapted Gingerbread Cookies: McCormick
Barely adapted Caramel and Chocolate Glaze: Taste of Home


  1. Sarah - Bread & Batter says:

    These look delicious! I love soft gingerbread cookies and adding caramel and chocolate sound heavenly!

  2. These cookies look so pretty and delicious, I can see why everyone at the party loved them! I go overboard when bringing treats and food too, I don’t want anyone to be hungry but I also love the leftovers. :)

    • Thanks so much Katy :) Hehe, I feel the same way. I think I tend to over calculate how much food I need but then I figure that leftovers are always welcome :)

  3. I love love love your spin on a traditional thumb print cookie! That drizzle makes them look so fancy. :)

  4. You made these look so pretty Kelly! And I love the unique combination of gingerbread caramel and chocolate. YUM!

  5. I tend to go overboard with the desserts too.. these thumbprint cookies are so unique and look delicious! I am sure everyone loved them!

  6. Wow!! These look amazing!! So pretty and delicious! I love love love caramel!! It is great w. salted dark chocolate… YUM!!!

  7. Ha ha ha Kelly! I see your feeding in army! All those treat I bet every one was so happy :).. Lovely thumbprints I know they were absolutely delicious..

    • Hahaha, yup, I totally miscalculated ;) Everyone laughed at at all the food but they were more than willing to take a batch home hehe. Thanks so much Shundara :)

  8. Even with the amount of cookies I’ve eaten so far this year, I’m still craving more. I love all the flavors in these! Can you believe I haven’t made anything gingerbread flavored this year? I need to make something soon!

    • I feel the same, there are so many more different flavors and treats I want to make but feel like there’s not enough time hehe. Thanks so much Ashley :)

  9. Whoah – these cookies are definitely calling my name! Pinned!

  10. I love the look of these beautiful cookies, Kelly. I’m totally craving gingerbread spices these days and you’ve taken it to another level with the caramel and chocolate. I love the look of turbinado sugar and I bet it adds a lovely texture too. The dessert tray you brought to the party sounds amazing – I can just picture it. : )
    Christmas prep is definitely in high gear this week – glad you’re getting so much done. Hope you find time to relax and enjoy some of your lovely cookies!

    • Thanks so much Monica :) Hope you are getting to enjoy the holidays so far as well and don’t work too hard in the kitchen. Good luck on all of your Christmas prepping and hope that everything goes smoothly and beautifully for your Christmas party :)

  11. What a great combination of flavors! never tried cinnamon and caramel. Thanks for the inspiration. Your little creations look fantastic :) ela

  12. These look so wonderful! I love the way you made three different types with the same recipe, and I really like the coarse sugar on top. Beautiful cookies :)
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  13. they look yummy!

  14. Gingerbread and caramel… I am in heaven here, what a lovely combination. I am glad to hear your Christmas-to-do list is almost all done, at least now you can relax a bit and enjoy the holidays. Especially as next year you will have a new addition to your home and be even more busy!!! Lovely recipe Kelly these are definitely making my to-bake list no wonder there were very few left overs at the party :D

    • Aaw, you’re so sweet and kind Emma, thank you so much :) Hope you are getting to enjoy the holidays so far and your to-do list is getting shorter as well :)

  15. Oh, these sound amazing! Gingerbread + chocolate + caramel = the PERFECT combination! If only you lived closer, I could swap some of my Chocolate-Gingerbread Bars for a few of these!

  16. These cookies are beautiful. I like that you added the coarse sugars. Not only it looks great, the sugars also give the cookies a crunchy texture. Need to try that one day.
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  17. These sound amazing!!! Any cookie filled with caramel gets my full attention :)

  18. More is always better, especially when it comes to baked goods! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going overboard. :) I tend to do the same whenever I’m entertaining at home or bring food over to someone’s house. These cookies look so cute and fun to eat! Caramel and chocolate paired together with gingerbread is always a good thing. Pinned! Have a great rest of the week my dear friend and I’m glad to hear your to-do list has gotten smaller. :)

    • Thanks so much Anne, hehe, I definitely over estimated haha. Thanks so much for pinning as always and hope you are getting to enjoy the holidays so far and your to-do list gets smaller too :) Enjoy the rest of the week sweetie :) xo

  19. Oooh, that’s so me! I always end up making so mcuh food! ; ) I wouldn’t mind having tons of these cookies right now though. They look truly delicious and are super pretty as well!
    Happy Christmas baking, I cannot believe that the big day is next week!!

  20. Oh my goodness! These look so yummy! I’m going through a caramel phase and I would love these. You need to come bake at my house, Kelly! ♡♡
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  21. Do. Want. Now. Wowza! These look amazing, Kelly! Great idea to make thumbprints out of gingerbread cookies! Pinned. Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

  22. Wow – these look fantastic! I would never have thought of gingerbread as thumbprints but glad you did! Pinning!!

  23. These cookies are so adorable! I love the sparkly sugar and the glossy pool of caramel in the middle. I never would have thought of combining gingerbread with caramel, but it’s brilliant!

    So glad your list is winding down… mine too! Today is my last baking/shooting day, and then I can move on to gift wrapping and getting the house in order for guests. Woot! Looking forward to a little break to focus on family, and coming back recharged in the new year…

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    • Aaw, thanks so much Allie :) That’s wonderful to hear that your list is winding down too. Hope you get all your holiday tasks done soon so that you can take a well-deserved break and get to focus on enjoying the holidays with your wonderful family :) Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful holiday sweetie :)

  24. I love all your recent cookies recipes Kelly, but I think this may be my favorite! So pretty and I love the gingerbread/caramel combination!

    • Thanks Christin, so glad you like them – these were one of my favorites too :) Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year.

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