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Cashew Thumbprint Cookies with Cajeta Caramel Sauce

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  • Author: Carlos Leo
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


Make buttery and nutty cashew thumbprint cookies embellished with a dollop of goat’s milk caramel (cajeta). You can make 24 of these one-biters fast and easy — the perfect cookies for a get-together over a cup of coffee.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large separated egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped roasted salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce
  • 24 whole cashews


  1. Combine butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, orange zest, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Stir in flour, and mix to combine.
  3. Wrap the dough in a large sheet of plastic wrap and press into a disk. Then chill the dough for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 325F, and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Make the cashew sugar: In a small bowl, combine the finely chopped cashews with the sugar. In another bowl, beat egg white until frothy.
  6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip balls in egg white, and then dip in the cashew sugar.
  7. Place balls on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Press the centers of the balls down with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from oven, and press the centers down again using the end of a wooden spoon. Return the cookies to the oven and bake 6 to 8 minutes more until they are golden brown.
  8. Cool cookies 2 to 3 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Fill cookie centers with caramel sauce, and then top each cookie with one whole cashew.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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