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Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are a great twist to the more traditional raspberry thumbprint cookies. They’re great for cookie swaps, homemade gifts or any time you’re feeling like chocolate.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from What The Fork Food Blog

So it’s the day after Thanksgiving. You might still be rockin out in your stretchy pants. I’m not judging; I wear yoga pants all day er’ day. My two-year-old, Kelsey, would say cheers to that because you know, we’re the “same-same.” She’s really into “cheers” now, everything is “cheered!”. She told me she learned it from grandpa. Oy.

Anyways…

For me the first day after Thanksgiving means one thing: it’s officially THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Sing it loud for all to hear, it’s finally Christmas Season. Time to go full-blown all-out CHRISTMAS. What better way to start than with cookies?!

I make a million-bajillion cookies in December so it’s time to get a start on them. Usually I wait until the last possible moment and say I’m trying to make sure my cookies are oven-fresh for delivery. Really, it’s because I procrastinate like it’s my job. You always do your best work under pressure, right? And what better pressure is there when it’s Christmas Eve Eve and you haven’t started any baking yet? 24 hours is plenty of time to make 100 dozen cookies and bars, 10 batches of fudge and 4 packages of chocolate dipped Oreos, right? Right?!!

Wrong. So, so wrong. It always ends up in lots of stress, dipping like a mad woman, putting my husband to work and baking, baking and baking. And baking some more. There also may or not be a lot of swearing.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from What The Fork Food Blog

This year, I’m doing it different. I’m getting ahead, I’m going to be organized. Cookies will freeze really well so why not take advantage of that? I’m starting my baking early in hopes to be done with enough time to actually enjoy the last few days before Christmas. I say that now, so check in with me and make sure I’m keeping on track (I’m probably not).

These cookies are so good. Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are such a fun twist on the usual Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies that I make every year. I don’t think anybody will miss those after having tasted these! Chocolate shortbread-y cookie with a gooey chocolate filling – yes. Just yes.

They’re also a fun cookie to make with your kids. Kelsey is capable of rolling out her dough, making the print, filling the chocolate and doing her own sprinkles. You can see her batch on my Instagram, so cute! (Are you following me? You should!) No, they’re not picture perfect but she did it on her own and she was so proud of herself. Moments like that make it so fun baking with her. And it’s moments like that I want to remember and that I want her to remember <3<3

Enjoy!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from What The Fork Food Blog

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Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

These Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are a great twist to the more traditional raspberry thumbprint cookies. They’re great for cookie swaps, homemade gifts or any time you’re feeling like chocolate.

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1 C (two sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 2 C gluten-free all-purpose flour (or regular)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (omit if using regular flour)
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

For the Glaze:

  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp hot water

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar. In a seperate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  2. Add dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Refrigerate dough 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  4. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and use your thumb or teaspoon to indent. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Reform indent if necessary after baking.
  5. While the cookies are cooling, mix together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and water. Spoon glaze into cookies and immediately garnish with sprinkles if desired.
  6. Let the glaze set before storing in air-tight containers or freezing.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

 

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from What The Fork Food Blog


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Jennifer

Saturday 14th of December 2019

I am trying to make chocolate thumbprint cookies with a cherry preserve filling. But I have never made thumbprint cookies before. Should I fill these with jam before or after baking? (I tried looking up your raspberry thumbprint cookies recipe to see but I couldn't find it.) Thanks!

Jennifer

Karen Marshall

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?

Shay

Sunday 1st of December 2019

Unsweetened cocoa powder

Mira

Monday 5th of February 2018

Does your chocolate filling set up after one hour so that the top is firm? I've made tons of chocolate thumbprints (they're Italian bakery staples) and too many had chocoiate filing that wouldn't set up and stayed messy.

Sharon

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

This filling sets up similar to a ganache.

Allison

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Hi, so I followed the recipe, but ended up with very crumbly dough. Any suggestions? Also, after take dough out of fridge, whats the best way to form balls of dough? I rolled with a rolling pin and then pinched off some to roll in to a smaller ball...but didnt work well with crumbly dough and my cookies are no where near as cute as yours...Also, after baking still seem somewhat grainy. Is that to be expected? Thanks very much! Flavor is great and my son was excited to eat them :) We still have the topping to go...

Sharon

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Hi Allison, it's hard to say what went wrong but it could be that you didn't use the right amount of xanthan gum or just a tad bit too much flour. I used an OXO scoop to portion the cookies. The cookies have a texture similar to shortbread. Hope this helps.

Tempie @ The Texas Peach

Thursday 11th of December 2014

Love these cookies! I think it's a great idea to get kids in the kitchen to help and learn some cooking skills as they grow up!

Sharon

Thursday 11th of December 2014

I agree, the earlier the better!

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