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Cookies, Fruitcake and More Cookies

I am going to try to keep this short and sweet. I have been baking and packing gift boxes for the last week. My meals are take out or a quick sandwich. Have to say my new oven is amazing. It literally cuts baking time in half having an oven that actually works like it’s supposed to. My first attempt at convection baking wasn’t the best, not a disaster but not great, I read that it automatically converts the temperature and I didn’t realize you have to change the setting on the stove to convert the temp. Second round was perfect.

Got 3 gift boxes mailed, no small feat as I had to wait almost 2 hours in line at the post office. It’s been pretty busy around here, I volunteered as a foster for a rescue organization and they had an urgent need to foster a little chiweenie (chihuahua dachshund mix). He is about 7-8 yrs old and is named Gosha. He will stay with me until he finds a forever home much to the chagrin of Mr. Percy, he is not pleased and is moping around the house, won’t eat unless I hand feed him and is generally perturbed.

Christmas cards have been pouring in, for Percy, LOL! I have gotten 2 with over 30 cards for Percy from our friends on social media.

I found a great recipe for Chocolate thumbprint cookies, better than the recipe I have been using for the last few years. It’s from Martha Stewart and have to say it’s terrific. The cookies are soft and moist and I love adding the striped Hershey’s kiss in the center while the cookies are still warm.

chocolate thumbprint cookies

I’ve also made fruitcakes, chocolate chip cookies, rugelach and biscotti. This week I’m making Stollen, more cookies and more.

rugelach, chocolate, orange hazelnut

fruitcake

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe from Martha Stewart

Makes 90 small cookies

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup plus 1 tbs dutch cocoa, unsweetened

2 tsp course salt

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened

1 1/3 cup sugar (plus more for rolling the cookies in)

2 large egg yolks

2 tbs heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degree’s. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt into a small bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add egg yolks, cream and vanilla, beat until combined scraping sides when needed. Beat in flour mixture just until combined.

Scoop out approximately 2 tsp and roll into a ball, roll in sugar and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Use your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon to make an indent in each cookie. Bake for 5 minutes rotating the pan and then bake another 5 minutes (10 minutes total baking time).
Remove from oven and place a Hershey’s kiss in the center, let cool completely before packaging or storing.

35 Comments Post a comment
  1. All look so very delicious, Suzanne πŸ™‚
    Great that you got yourself a new oven.

    December 19, 2017
  2. Everything looks tasty.

    December 19, 2017
  3. Everything looks great, but take some personal time to enjoy the season as well, I probably should take my own advice. Yule blessing to you Suzanne.

    December 19, 2017
    • Thank you so much Dyanna and a blessed Yule to you as well. Personal time is hard to schedule in. Hope you are able to relax and enjoy!

      December 20, 2017
  4. Your goodies look wonderful. Have a Merry Christmas.

    December 19, 2017
  5. Have a well deserved Wonderful Christmas Suzanne,
    xxx Unlimited Hugs xxx

    December 19, 2017
    • And you too David, have a wonderful Christmas and mega hugs my dear friend.

      December 20, 2017
  6. You have been super busy with good stuff Suzanne! Awww poor Percy feeling jealous 😍..I hope Gosha finds new home soon! All the goodoes look amazing ajd that recioe is a keeper! A very merry Christmas my dear friend!

    December 19, 2017
    • Hi Sonal, yes super busy. Honestly, I am overwhelmed. Percy is not taking it well having Gosha here. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and thank you so much.

      December 20, 2017
  7. What fun! Glad you’re baking and not me! Merry Holidays!

    December 19, 2017
    • Merry Merry my friend. Have a wonderful holiday. Have to get baking I am running behind today!

      December 20, 2017
      • It’s just part of the holidays!!!

        December 20, 2017
  8. I am done baking but I still have to cook several meals. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

    December 20, 2017
    • Merry Christmas Gerllinde. Hope you have a fantastic holiday, I know the food will be amazing.

      December 20, 2017
  9. mistimaan #

    Loved your yummy recipe. πŸ™‚

    December 20, 2017
  10. Wow you sure have been busy!! You have a lot of lucky friends and family on the receiving end of those treats. Merry Christmas to you and the fur-kids! XOXO

    December 20, 2017
    • It is like ground hogs day every day baking, don’t get me wrong, love it but feel like I don’t have time to do any baking for personal use. It too shall pass. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas, wishing you an amazing 2018 as well!

      December 20, 2017
  11. Love a good thumbprint cookie and rugelach! I’ve never tried to make rugelach. It looks amazing. You even make fruit cake look good! Gosha will have a warm and loving Christmas thanks to you. Merry Christmas Suzanne!

    December 20, 2017
    • Oh yes, love the thumbprints, they are especially good warm, the kiss in the middle is soft and a little runny. Oh my so good!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Michelle.

      December 20, 2017
  12. Aww you are a great loving fur-baby mom. I am sure Gosha is thrilled to be with you. Percy hopefully will understand that you have enough love for both he and Gosha :-). I am sure it is a bit of an adjustment for him, as he has only had you now and had your undivided attention.

    All your baking looks so tasty and delicious Suzanne. You really have been busy.
    Merry Christmas to you, Percy and Gosha. Hope you all have a good one and Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    December 21, 2017
  13. I’m glad to hear you and your new oven are getting on, and bless you for taking in your little foster – Gosha is such a darling! Poor Percy – well it sounds like he’s living hand to mouth. (I couldn’t pass the opportunity for a cheesy pun!) but I’m sure he’ll adapt. He might even be playing you a bit, lol!

    Merry Christmas, guys!!

    Mollie, Chance & Homer.

    December 21, 2017
  14. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Suzanne and Percy!!! Cheers!!

    December 24, 2017
  15. Merry Christmas, Suzanne! (And Percy and Gosha.)
    I got a huge giggle from the word chiweenie!
    I’m happy to know that you are enjoying your new oven. You have such a passion for baking and cooking. Everything looks beautiful and delicious. Wishing you a magical holiday. Hugs!

    December 24, 2017
  16. I hope you had a delightful Christmas, taste wise it looks like it was delicious.

    December 27, 2017
  17. You definitely had the winning desserts this Christmas! I fell in love with those chocolate thumbprint cookies. πŸ™‚

    December 29, 2017
  18. Cool that you’re fostering.

    December 29, 2017
  19. Happy New Year to you Suzanne! πŸ™‚

    December 31, 2017
  20. HAPPY NEW YEAR

    …may it be filled with lots of Magick!

    πŸ’œ

    January 1, 2018
  21. Hooray for new ovens!! So exciting that it works so well! (and why shouldn’t it, with all your cooking expertise??) And sorry about the post office. ugh. I can’t imagine waiting so long! And fun to meet your little foster guy. Hope Percy gets used to him being around for a while… Fun to see all your baking– I love stollen, but have never made it. Going to go check to see if your recipe is in your archives! Happy 2018 friend!! xo

    January 1, 2018
  22. Everything looks delicious, Suzanne! Sending you and Percy loads of love, always!

    January 12, 2018

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