Wheat Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramal Sauce

Thumbprint cookies are also festival cookies just likeΒ  Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies. I tried these cookies also with wheat flour and filled with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce.

 

New year and Christmas festival holidays are on. Your house would be buzzing with all chitter-chatter of your guests, relatives and running around tiny tots. Winter season is at its peak and no one wants to sit indoors if bright sunny day is there. Kids keep playing whole day with their friends or cousins and they are frequently get hungry. Cookies or biscuits are the easiest snacks to munch on in between the meals but white flour (maida) based cookies are not good for health to be consumed frequently. So, why not prepare these festive thumbprint cookies with wheat flour. Taste will be slightly different, but nothing is more important than the health of your dear family members!!

I have used the same recipe which I had used for glass tinted cookies. But I feel that for some readers sugar might seem to be a bit less, probably because I filled these cookies with salted caramel instead of regular fruit jam.

For me, with salted caramel filling, these cookies were a yummilicious treatπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ as I personally have reduced sugar in my cookies lately.

As fruit jams are sweet, I feel that cookie with less sugar should create a balance. But if you feel that 1/4 cup of sugar is less, increase it upto 1/3 cup of sugar.

If you have some inhibitions baking these cookies along with the filling of fruit jam or caramel sauce, bake cookies with empty indent. Salted caramel sauce or fruit jam can be filled after baking the cookies also.

The most attractive or challenging part about these cookies is to achieve no cracks in cookies during baking. Long time back I had tried thumb print cookies and it was such a disaster that now also I couldn’t dare to bake all cookies together.

So, I baked one cookie only as an experiment and it came out just beautiful!!

I didn’t have a big batch of cookies to bake, but now I was confident and thrilled to bake rest of the cookies.

And right at this moment power went off! I was puzzled and confused as cookies were filled with caramel sauce.

My oven does not run on my apartment’s generator but fridge does. I popped in my cookies in the fridge.

After two hours power was restored and I baked the cookies. I had baked chilled cookies before but these cookies were filled with sauce which was now kind of frozen.

I set the time for 20 minutes and was not sure how the outcome would be. I couldn’t dare to peek into the oven during baking and came out of the kitchen. Ting-tong… timer beeped and I opened the oven and looked…

I was so glad to see these almost crack free pots of yummy salted caramel sauce!!!

Instead of a tiny indent for filling, my cookies looked like delicious wheat flour baked pot of salted caramel sauce… πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

But who is complaining if the end result is so delicious πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

You can check other cookie posts also and a separate post regarding your doubts about cookie baking…

Nankhatai (Cookies with clarified butter)

Wheat flour cookies with Jaggery

Eggless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies

Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)

Ingredients :

Wheat flour 132 gm (1 cup)

Fine grinded powdered sugar 55 gm (1/4 cup)

Corn starch 7 gm (1 tbsp)

Salt 1/8tsp

Vanilla essence 1/2tsp

Butter 100 gm (slightly less than 1/2cup)

Milk 1-2 tsp if required

Fruit jam or salted caramel sauce

Tips to remember :

  1. Measure your ingredients correct.
  2. Butter should be on room temperature, but it should be firm – not soft.
  3. If sugar is not powdered fine, tiny granules will melt during baking and cookies will expand.
  4. Cornstarch helps in holding the cookies in shape and prevents expanding.
  5. Chilling the dough is very important. Cold dough prevents cookies from expanding and the indent will remain intact.
  6. You can keep the dough wrapped in cling wrap in the fridge overnight and prepare cookies next day.
  7. Instead of spoon, use piping bag to fill the sauce for neatness.
  8. Wheat flour takes more time to bake compared to white flour (maida). So bake these cookies on low temperature for a little bit longer time.
  9. Remember that these cookies are slightly thicker cookies. So baking time will be a bit more and cookies will be brown in colour.
  10. Baking time might vary as different ovens have separate settings.
  11. After baking, transfer these cookies on the cooling rack along with parchment paper. Hot cookies are soft and along with liquid salted caramel sauce they are very delicate.

Process :

Take butter in a pan and cream it. You can do it with the help of strong spatula or whipping machine.

Add powdered sugar and mix it properly.

Add rest of the ingredients except milk cream (use only if required) and prepare dough. Cling wrap the dough and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven at 160 degrees

Take out the dough and divide it equally for cookies. Roll cookies in between your palms and with the help of your thumb, finger or measuring 1/4 tsp put an indent in between the cookie.

Fill up this empty space with salted caramel sauce with the help of piping bag. If you are not comfortable baking cookies along with jam or sauce, bake them with empty indent and fill them later after baking when cookies cool down completely.

Bake these cookies on same temperature for 20 minutes.

After baking shift these cookies on a cooling rack along with parchment paper.

 

Once cookies cool down completely,you can add on some more taste by drizzling melted dark chocolate all over these cookies.

For longer period these cookies need to be kept in the fridge. After taking them out from the fridge,warm them little bit. Warm cookies always taste out of the world!!

 

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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

78 thoughts on “Wheat Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramal Sauce

  1. Perfect Christmasy treatsπŸŽ„βœ¨πŸŒŸπŸŽ„ looks very tempting !
    That caramel sauce tho lip smacking for sureπŸ˜‹

  2. An inspiration to make your cookies an addiction very difficult to overcome. The stuffing, the best. Thank you for raising my spirit with your sweets.

    1. Mac, I feel so much honoured and motivated with your comment. You are a gentle hearted person who inspires and appreciates fellow bloggers whole heartedly.
      Wishing you happy holidays and Festive Greetings!!

    1. Ha ha ha… Stella, Christmas comes once in a year… enjoy till new year and then take new year resolution for following diet chart..πŸ˜€πŸ€—πŸ˜˜β€οΈπŸ’•

    1. Arv, fancy Christmas cookies are yet not very popular in India.Get an invitation to celebrate Christmas,you might find these cookies among festive spreadover.
      Merry Christmas to you Arv!

      1. Honestly, I have never been part of Christmas festivities which might explain my lack of knowledge. Thanks to you, I am better informed. 😊

      2. Arv, before I started baking, I also knew India’s favorite and evergreen Parle G… and for guests in the house Good day biscuitsπŸ˜€πŸ˜€
        While googling around to learn how to bake cookies, got introduced with a lot more varieties which I had never heard… So we all are in same boat ☺️☺️

  3. Love these delicious treats! Thanks for sharing yet another recipe for baked goodies with healthy twist, and I just can’t wait to try my hand on this recipe. πŸ™‚

  4. Hey Deeksha, made these cookies using non dairy butter. While the taste was really good, the shape didn’t hold as well. But the oozy baked salted caramel ( vegan) tasted heavenly. Next time will try with normal butter. Thanks so much for the recipe πŸ‘πŸ»

    1. Hi Radhika, thank you very much for your lovely feedback β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ’•
      I have never tried peanut butter also so can’t guess what could be the reason for not holding shape. All I can guess like home butter has more moisture than the branded ones, if non – dairy butter also has more moisture then probably we need less quantity. If again you will be trying with normal butter, you might figure out the difference.
      But baked salted caramel sauce…I agree with you completely, it tastes really amazing!I Probably, caramel is the best part of these cookies!

  5. What is promised is debt. This is the poetry of my childhood.
    MY FIRST COMMUNION
    I had turned ten years
    They forced me to go to the catechism
    and attend mass on Sundays.
    I just wanted to play soccer
    like other children
    and not die of boredom
    during two hours
    I would have preferred to hide under the bed
    But I knew that God was keeping watch
    and if I didn’t do my duty
    He was going to write in his big book
    to punish me when I die
    Total, I finished the course.
    At the time of communion,
    I burned another child’s bracelet
    With the sacred candle.
    My mom told me I was a rebel.
    and for a whole year
    I don’t let myself play football

    1. Mac,I feel so honoured that at my request you really peened down your childhood memories. But this was a bit harsh treatment you gave to yourself.In south India also a particular ceremony is done only for boys, and after that they have to do morning and evening pooja(praying God along with some rituals) for the rest of the life.Sensible parents do it now at the time of son’s marriage.I believe there are some or other similarities in traditions all around the world.

      1. It has been a great pleasure to do so. I believe that religious families are the same throughout the world. They act according to their beliefs and wish to convey the same message to their children. Now, with the advancement of technology, that is being forgotten. A hug.

  6. My Goodness ! I love this kind of cute cookies! They are just right for the holiday season.
    It reminds me my childhood. We had similar cookies like this, and the filling is strawberry jelly!

    1. Hi Oscar,
      Thank you so much dear ☺️ ☺️
      We all have great food memories from childhood, isn’t it!
      Pink strawberry jelly!! Girl’s favourite colour with favourite flavorπŸ“πŸ“πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

  7. It’s good to know these cookies survived being in the fridge for a couple of hours before going into the oven. They are perfect.

    Also: They look SO delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

    1. I believe cookies became better in the fridge and they remained firm and maintained the shape.
      Salted caramel indeed added a lot of taste here.
      Thank you very much for your lovely appreciation 😊😊

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