Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

I wasn’t the girl that couldn’t wait to graduate high school and I definitely wasn’t the girl who looked at college as some type of utopia in which you finally got to escape the tight grip of your parent’s supervision. When I was a senior in high school, I was pretty happy, very close to my parents… and college kind of scared me. And once I did pick which university I would attend, my decision was based around which school had the best program for my chosen major. I was excited when I got my acceptance letter, but I didn’t exactly jump up and down. I knew I would probably be happy there but I didn’t see it as the ticket to the best four years of my life. But then I stepped foot on Michigan State University’s campus in August of 2007 and absolutely fell in love.

It took about 2 days for me to become completely enamored with the gorgeous ivy covered walls of my West Circle dorms and the wonderful history behind MSU’s famous Beaumont Tower. I love everything about my now alma mater . I love the trails along the Red Cedar river where I used to run. I love excitement that lingers in the air on football Saturdays. And I love the amazing friends that I met there.

So this year, when Eric and I returned for the Homecoming Football game, I was beyond excited. Our friends all met up for an early morning tailgate, so you better believe I brought along some cookies. These cookies have a rich chocolate base with a creamy caramel filled Hershey Kiss in the center. They were a hit with our close friend (and Eric’s college roommate) Trevor, so in my book that makes this recipe blogworthy. So bring these cookies to enjoy at your next tailgate. Just make sure you are cheering for the Spartans. Because if you aren’t…you really need to check your priorities.


Ingredients: Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup large semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 Caramel Hershey Kisses


  1. In a large bowl, beat softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (cocoa powder through baking powder)
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined
  5. Stir in chocolate chips
  6. Place tablespoon sized mounds of dough onto a greased cookie sheet and make a slight indent in the center with your thumb
  7. Place a Hershey Kiss in the indentation of each cookie
  8. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


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