Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

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If the taste of toasty coconut is a favourite of yours, you will adore this salted caramel coconut thumbprint cookie recipe. This cookie comes from Jaclyn, the author of the Cooking Classy recipe blog, and they are a favourite of hers. She insists that if you don’t have a lot of time to bake, these are a must-have cookie recipe for your recipe roster because the combination of buttery shortbread with golden coconut and a salted caramel sauce is divine. These cookies consist of a coconut flavoured buttery dough which is shaped into balls before being coated in shredded coconut and indented. After they are baked, they are filled with a luscious caramel sauce which takes these cookies over the top. Although it sounds like a lot of steps, every component is easy and achievable for even the most novice bakers. The dough contains just five ingredients while the caramel consists of only three, plus an easy microwave method. Now you will have no excuse not to make this delicious cookie recipe for your holiday dessert trays or just a treat for any day of the week.

These fun desserts are coated in the shredded coconut which gives the cookies satisfying contrast to the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the dough component. To get the coconut to coat the outside of the cookies easily, Jaclyn dips each ball of dough in egg before rolling in the coconut. Just like making your favourite breaded chicken recipe, it is important to coat these cookies correctly so that you don’t have a lot of gunk left on your hands. By using one hand to dip the cookies into the egg and one hand to dip into the dry, you will prevent the mixing of wet and dry which can cake onto your hands. Although you may be able to get some of the coconut to stick to the dough without the addition of the egg, the egg wash ensures that all of the shredded coconut generously coats the outside of each ball.

If you feel like you don’t want to make these coconut desserts because the method for how to make homemade caramel seems daunting to you, don’t worry. The process of making Jaclyn’s caramel is very simple, and all you will require is three ingredients, the microwave and one bowl. This is because she relies on candy caramels to make this easy caramel recipe, which reduces the step of caramelising the sugar yourself. Traditional caramel sauce recipes usually involve cooking a mixture of sugar and water on the stove until golden. This process can take some practice to do well, because the sugar can turn golden very quickly, and within seconds, become very dark and burnt leaving your candy bitter. In the case of this easy caramel sauce, you won’t have to worry about your caramel becoming burnt beyond use. You can use this sauce recipe for whenever you need something to drizzle over cakes or ice cream or use in your other tasty desserts.

Although you may prefer to use unsweetened coconut in this thumbprint cookie recipe, Jaclyn recommends using sweetened. The sweetened coconut not only adds more decadence to this cookies, but the sugars also allow the coconut to toast better which deepens the taste of the coconut and makes these treats even more delicious than they already are. Since Jaclyn keeps the oven temperature lower, you don’t have to worry about this cookie recipe over-browning in the oven. All of Jaclyn’s instructions are well thought out to ensure you have success when making these coconut coated treats. Thank you to Jaclyn, the author of the Cooking Classy recipe blog, for sharing her salted caramel coconut thumbprint cookie recipe with us.

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