CARAMEL PEANUT THUMBPRINTS
Start to finish: 1 hour
Servings: 4 dozen
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped salted peanuts
48 cream centre caramel candies (such as Caramel Creams)
Heat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, both sugars, the salt and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the melted chocolate. Add the flour and stir until just mixed.
Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 1/4 inches. Place the peanuts in a small bowl, then roll each cookie ball it the peanuts to coat evenly. Arrange the coated cookie balls on a baking, leaving 2 inches between each. Press a caramel candy into the top of each ball, slightly flattening the cookie in the process.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until set and golden brown at the edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheets. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Nutrition information per serving: 140 calories; 70 calories from fat (50 per cent of total calories); 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 3 g protein; 45 mg sodium.
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