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The Cookies Of Christmas-Chocolate Kiss Thumbprints

 

Thumbprints

Thumbprints

Over the next few days I plan on posting recipes for cookies, specifically cookies that I will be including in my gift boxes this year. I have basically the same repertoire every year although sometimes I will skip some and add another just to change it up a bit.

I accidentally bought a bag of these lovely striped Hershey’s kisses, I thought they were the plain chocolate but when I opened one I was surprised to see this creamy white striped kiss. It is quite delicious and so pretty I was inspired to make these chocolate thumbprint cookies and top with a kiss, it will be added to my cookie gift boxes. I have no idea where I got these recipe, I have it written down and stored in a huge pile of recipes that I don’t know what to do with, I mean a huge binder of clippings and recipes I printed from the internet, hand written family recipes, some are decades old. My mantra is that one day I will scan and organize but years later it’s still sitting in my bookshelf with my cookbooks, unorganized. I tend to rotate certain recipes and I think it’s been a few years since I’ve made these, I love thumbprints, you can be creative with what to put in the indent, one year I put a maraschino cherry and drizzled with ganache, another year apricot jam (delicious with chocolate). They are such cute little bites and very easy to make.

Chocolate Thumbprints

Makes 36-48 cookies

2Β cups all purpose flour

2/3Β cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup butter room temperature (soft)

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4-1/2 cup sugar in bowl to roll cookies in.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup each butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine. Refrigerate the dough for an hour before baking. It did not say this in the recipe but I find it works best when the dough has been chilled.

Pre heat oven to 350 degree’s. Use a small scoop (so they are uniform in size) and roll in your hands into a ball, place dough in the bowl of sugar and make sure its completely covered, place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Using your thumb make an indent on top of each ball. You can fit 1 dozen on a baking sheet, cookies should be at least an inch apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes no longer please, it really depends on your oven, when you remove them they will be soft,my first batch I kept in almost 10 minutes the second batch 8 minutes, I like them better when left in for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then place a kiss in the center of each cookies. Place on cooling rack. The kiss will soften but should retain it’s shape.

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  1. I personally like the striped kisses the most, Suzanne; these look so simple to make and all the more simple to gobble up one after another.

    Not that I know anything about that lol Great job πŸ˜€

    December 15, 2014
    • This was the first time I tasted them and I really liked, they are delicious on these little bites, neither one of us know anything at all about gobbling up those cookies, much to restrained. LOL, thank you so much,

      December 15, 2014
  2. We don’t have these over here, or at least I’ve never seen them. Nor do we have Hershey sweets/candy – not that I would notice as I never buy sweets. Chocolate, on the other hand…always by my bed. A little bit helps me sleep. No idea why. Anyway, love these thumbprint cookies. And, as you say, they could be filled with so many different combinations.

    December 15, 2014
    • Hershey’s kisses have been around a very long time, I love them and I can totally see how a little bit of chocolate would help you sleep, I often make hot cocoa in the winter. Thank you, these little cookies are delicious and you can place anything in the center, they are so festive. Thanks Johnny.

      December 15, 2014
  3. I love these cookies! And the peanut butter version. My girlfriend makes a cookie that might be one of the best EVER . . . Salted Nutella Thumbprints. It’s basically a chocolate cookie (like yours) but salted and with some Nutella piped on top of it after baking. DIVINE.

    December 15, 2014
    • Oh wow, that sounds fantastic, maybe I’ll try that with the rest of the dough I didn’t use. Thank you it sounds wonderful.

      December 15, 2014
  4. Oh my goodness those cookies looks toothsome. .. just love love love it and those striped kisses looks super cute on cookies…. yummmm

    December 15, 2014
    • Thank you so much Chitra, they are really nice little cookies, the kisses in the center are a really delicious treat.

      December 15, 2014
  5. The perfect combination — delicious and cute! Adorable little cookies. Many hugs (to go with all those Hershey kisses! πŸ™‚

    December 15, 2014
    • Thanks Teagan, aren’t they too cute. I just love a kiss, hershey’s that is.

      December 15, 2014
  6. Love these! I am so old-fashioned and missing my Scottish Mom that I still – slightly – favor these with raspberry jam. But, hey – you are invited to San Diego to share cookies any time! And we need to do that. xo Liz

    December 15, 2014
    • I love them with jam in the middle, its classic and will always be my favorite. I do like to mix it up sometimes and these little bites are really good. Liz, one day I would love to come visit you in
      San Diego!!

      December 15, 2014
  7. I love how “dressed up” these cookies look with the striped kisses. The chocolate cookie base sounds great. I was actually looking for a chocolate cookie recipe to use up caramel filled kisses I bought (also on accident). Thanks for providing a delicious recipe!

    December 15, 2014
    • Ha, I also bought a caramel by accident, that was my first, the second time I came home with the stripes so I have 2 bags of kisses to use. The caramel are really sweet. I learned that it doesn’t pay to shop when you are in a hurry, I tend to not stop and read the package I just grab and go, Oh well, these little cookies are good and I really like the striped kiss, it looks pretty, Thank you so much Nancy.

      December 15, 2014
  8. These look sooo yummy Suzanne! I love the striped kisses, I’ve never seen them before (we don’t have kisses in the UK so that doesn’t say much haha). I’m very jealous of the lucky people getting those cookie gift boxes!

    December 15, 2014
    • I am so surprised they don’t have Hershey’s kisses in the UK, they are so wonderful. Just a perfect little bite of chocolate. Thank you so much.

      December 16, 2014
      • We don’t have Hershey’s at all in the UK, except for sometimes in the “USA” aisle where they have a few way overpriced imported things from America. Personally I really don’t like Hershey’s milk chocolate, but I like their dark chocolate and I think I’d like these ones, especially in a cookie!

        December 16, 2014
  9. Hi Suzanne, I do need to get on the ball and start baking some cookies, I now have this recipe marked to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

    December 15, 2014
    • I am having a very slow start, by now I would have enough cookie dough for many many dozens of cookies and I’m afraid I have been so busy with work I haven’t done it yet. This was a start but need to do more. The thumbprints are so festive thank you so much.

      December 16, 2014
  10. The stripped kisses definitely dressed up this cookie. I love thumbprints, and can’t imagine anyone resisting these cookies!

    December 15, 2014
  11. I am adding these to my list of cookies to make this week. They look delicious! You are so awesome!!

    December 15, 2014
  12. Your thumbprints look perfect Suzanne – I’ve never made chocolate ones. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your cookie collection too.

    December 16, 2014
    • They are really nice, I love thumbprints, have a recipe for brown butter thumbprints I have to try. Love your gingerbread, making that this year.

      December 16, 2014
      • Hope you love it Suzanne – it’s been a family favourite for generations.

        December 16, 2014
      • I have to start on these asap, I am desperately behind in my baking, Will let you know but I am certain I will love.

        December 16, 2014
  13. Your special cookies look very tasty! I never tried one of these before! I must change that! x

    December 16, 2014
  14. Yum, those striped Hershey’s kisses are gorgeous! They look stunning on top of the thumbprint cookies πŸ™‚ Ah, the people getting your gift boxes are ridiculously lucky (send me one? Just kidding! Love the idea though!) xx

    December 16, 2014
    • I wish it weren’t so expensive to send to the Australia, I would I really would. Thanks so much Laura.

      December 16, 2014
      • I know what you mean, I’ve sent a few things to America and it’s about $60 Aussie a pop! Yikes. No, I’m happy just to look at your beautiful images for now Suz. And one day (I was just writing to Azita!) I will make it over there to see you. Hugs xxxxx

        December 16, 2014
      • Wouldn’t that be wonderful, would just love to meet you, Did you know Azita and I are only 3 houses apart on the same block. love her!! Thanks Laura.

        December 16, 2014
  15. These look lovely! I don’t think I could buy Hersheys kisses over here although they do sell other products in the American section of my local supermarket – I’ll have to look a bit more closely at what’s there.
    It’s amazing how just by adding the striped kiss it looks really festive, and I love your idea of the maraschino cherry in the middle πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2014
    • It really is amazing right, kind of wish it were mint, I have to look for that also. Thanks so much.

      December 16, 2014
  16. I can’t wait to read (and use!) this series of posts Suzanne – I was actually eyeing off a few Cookie Cookbooks in the library today, trying to find some extra inspiration for Christmas baking – so this post and the ones to come will be very much welcome! These look so fun and festive!

    December 16, 2014
    • I also have been searching for inspiration, I get in a cookie rut making the same ones every year. They are really good but I like to change it up a bit. Thanks so much Margot.

      December 16, 2014
  17. They look fantastic

    December 16, 2014
  18. These are delicious!! We make these too every year πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas Suzanne!!

    December 16, 2014
    • I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas this year time has gotten away from me. Merry Christmas!

      December 16, 2014
  19. These are great thumbprints! Love the striped kisses πŸ™‚ Oh do I want these now. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming.

    December 16, 2014
    • I do too, the striped kisses are so cute on the cookie and look really festive. Thank you so much.

      December 16, 2014
  20. I’m getting ready to start my cookie baking this weekend. These will be a great addition, thanks for sharing!

    December 16, 2014
    • These are really good, I added an additional note that I prefer them baked for 8 minutes and no longer, It depends on the oven I guess but at 8 minutes they were softer. Thanks so much.

      December 16, 2014
  21. The chocolate cookie base sounds yummy, and I love it how you have added those striped kisses. Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2014
  22. This thumb print cookies look incredible!!! lovely bitesize chocolate cookies.. Oh how I wish I had some of these cookies with me.. YUMMM!!! πŸ™‚

    December 16, 2014
  23. Thumbprint cookies are so cute. I would love to get a box of these for the holidays!

    December 16, 2014
  24. These look absolutely delicious Suzanne! I love the striped kisses….makes them more festive and pretty like that. I have never made thumbprint cookies before, but see them all the time. I really need to create some. These are perfect looking.

    December 16, 2014
    • I bet you would come up with a wonderful vegan thumbprint that would be amazing. thank you so much Brandi.

      December 16, 2014
  25. These are absolutely adorable! I love that you used the stripped kisses–so festive!

    December 16, 2014
  26. Suzanne, these cookies are on my list to do! This week and may be super soon! Will keep you posted! Awesome awesome awesome.

    December 16, 2014
  27. Liz #

    yum! Your gift box recipients are lucky folk πŸ™‚

    December 17, 2014
  28. Those cookies are amazing Suzanne! They seem just came out from a pastry shop oven!

    December 17, 2014
  29. Oh, to be on your gift list! These look delicious. πŸ˜‰

    December 17, 2014
  30. Guess what cookies my kids’ teachers are getting this year…

    December 18, 2014

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