1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 package (10 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 bottle (12-1/2 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
4 to 6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, melted
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 3/8- to 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each ball. Smooth any cracks. Fill each indentation half full with caramel topping.
Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until caramel is very bubbly and cookies are set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Drizzle cooled cookies with candy coating.