Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
Ah, decadent chocolate and aromatic peppermint – the flavors of the holidays, in a cookie bite so perfect that you won’t even believe you made them yourself. These are also very attractive and store well after cooling. These are amazing as gifts since they look so special and difficult, but the secret will be ours.
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa, unsweetened
¾ teaspoon salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
** 2 ounces mint chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup white sugar (optional)
**Note: for the Mint Chocolate try World’s Finest Chocolates – Mint Meltaways—8 pieces
Peppermint Ganache Filling Ingredients
3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon Watkins Pure Mint Extract
- In a medium bowl, add the flour, cocoa, and salt.
- Blend these dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Partially melt the bittersweet and mint chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate is almost melted. The chocolate will continue to melt after it is removed from the microwave. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until it is smooth. If there are still solid chunks, return the bowl to the microwave and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir again and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, whip the butter until it is smooth.
- Add the white and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugar by mixing on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks and vanilla. Mix well.
- Take the now cool, melted chocolate and add into the sugar mixture, blending until combined.
- Now, into the large bowl add the flour and dry ingredients mixture which was set aside earlier.
- Mix on low speed until smooth. Be sure to scrape the side of the bowl as you go.
- Place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap that is about 16 inches wide. Pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches wide. Fold the plastic wrap around the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until it is chilled and firm.
Prepare the Oven and Bake
- Adjust the position of the oven racks to the upper and lower third of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lightly grease two cookie sheets. A product such as Watkins Cooking Spray works well.
- In a shallow bowl, add the coarse sugar and set aside.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop up some of the dough and then roll the dough into a ball.
- Roll each ball in the white sugar and place it on a baking sheet.
- Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
- Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, until they are only slightly firm.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and press the back of a small spoon into the cookies again.
- Return the cookies to the oven to bake for an additional 5 minutes, switching the rack placement. You want the cookies to be a bit dry but not hard.
- When done, gently move the cookies to wire racks and allow them to cool completely.
Peppermint Ganache Filling Instructions
- In a small microwave safe bowl, add the cream and microwave it on high power for about 30 seconds, until it begins to boil.
- Drop the white chocolate into the hot cream and allow the chocolate to melt.
- After a few minutes, stir the warm chocolate cream until it is smooth.
- Add the Watkins Pure Mint Extract to the small bowl and stir to combine with the chocolate.
- Using a teaspoon, fill the thumbprints in the cookies with the peppermint ganache filling.
- Refrigerate the cookies for about 30 minutes or until the filling sets in the cookies.
Yield: About 3 dozen cookies
Recipe by: Theresa Buker and can be found with 9 other delicious recipes in: 10 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes Volume 1