Friday, November 18, 2011

Chocolate Thumbprints

This recipe is from my Martha Stewart cookie book. The past few days I've been trying to bake french macarons and I've failed thus far :( So I picked an easy cookie recipe from my book that I know I won't fail to make me feel better. :(

-12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
-1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup


Heat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 1 stick butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour, beginning on low speed and increasing to medium high.

The dough is a bit crumbly because there's no egg in the recipe to bind it all together so you really have to knead the dough into the balls. Roll dough by teaspoonfuls into balls, and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

(I used parchment line baking pans). Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and press thumb into tops of cookies to make indentations. Return to oven, and bake until light brown on the edges, 7 to 9 minutes more. (I found with my oven, 7 mins sufficed) Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Combine chocolate, 4 tablespoons butter, and corn syrup in a small heat-proof bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water; stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly. When cookies are cool, fill the thumbprints with the chocolate mixture..or I filled some of it with Nutella! :)

There aren't my favorite cookies, because the cookie part is not the most moist, so you definitely need some jam or chocolate in the middle. But they're cute little treats!!! enjoy! :)

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