Christmas, Cookie Of The Day, Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprints

December 21, 2008

 Happy Holidays! It’s baking time. And here’s one from Martha Stewart’s Cookie of the Day! With these delicious Chocolate Thumbprints!  I have been baking up a storm today! I hope this makes up for my absense for most of december! But again, I’m a busy student! (not a starving student, clearly!) But all the exams are finished and all the gifts are wrapped! So enjoy all my christmas baking and hope you have a wonderful holiday! (Scroll down for all the latet baking posts for christmas!)


Makes 90 <— I did not get 90, but maybe 40ish

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Milk Chocolate Dipping Wafers
  • Course Sanding Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a small bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium, and add yolks, cream, and vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.
  2. Roll balls using 2 teaspoons dough for each, and roll each in sugar ( I added sanding sugar along with the regular sugar to make them sparkle!) . Place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are just set, about 10 minutes. (If indentations lose definition, press centers again.) Let cool slightly on baking sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool.
  3. Spoon warm ganache into center of each cookie. Let stand until firm, about 15 minutes. Cookies will keep, cov ered, for up to 3 days.
You can make the chocolate ganache from her website, but I didn’t want to go to all that Trouble so I just melted some milk chocolate and piped it into the middle.


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  • Reply Kimmie December 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    What a fabulous twist on the traditional peanut blossom concept. Love it!

  • Reply Alicia December 22, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks! Yes they are really quite cute and easy to make, but look like you spent forever on them!

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