November 04, 2020

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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These buttery and tender thumbprint cookies are filled with chocolate peppermint spread and rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. They are the perfect treat for winter baking and the holidays.  

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
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This post is sponsored by Amoretti. All opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

We are finally inching towards the end of a long year! Yay! Since it’s November, I can finally kick off the cookie baking season without feeling like I’m jumping the gun. What better to start with than thumbprint cookies! 

A beloved classic, they can be filled with jam or any other kind of deliciousness. I think the appeal of thumbprint cookies, besides the butteriness, tenderness, and melt-in-your-mouth attributes, is the versatility. Just change the filling to create a different flavor profile. 


Thumbprint cookies are always a favorite, especially so around the holidays. The ones here are filled with a luxurious Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Spread from Amoretti. This stuff is amazing!! It’s smooth, creamy, chocolaty, and pepperminty. It comes ready to eat. (By the way, it’s so good straight from the jar too!)

I previously partnered with Amoretti to make Pumpkin Blondies with Cheesecake Glaze, Pistachio Filled Chocolate Pop Tarts, and Coconut Key Lime Mug Cakes. The quality of their product line have made me a fan. The majority are without artificial ingredients and preservatives. Amoretti is certified Kosher and the products are made in the USA. So many reasons to love using their ingredients, not to mention they taste great!

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

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Recipe highlights:
  • Combine dry cookie ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla. Blend well.
  • Add flour mixture. Blend until it the dough comes together. 
  • Form into 1” balls. Place on parchment or silicone pad lined baking sheet.
  • Make an indentation in center of each ball using your thumb.
  • Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 12-14 minutes. Cool slightly.
Whipped butter and sugar in a mixing bowl

Cookie batter in a bowl

A thumb being used to make a thumbprint on cookie dough

Thumbprint cookie being decorated with crushed peppermint candy
  • Brush top with agave nectar. Dip into crushed peppermint candy.
  • Fill wells with chocolate peppermint cookie spread.
  • Refer to the recipe card below for detailed instructions. 
Thumbprint cookies being filled with chocolate peppermint spread


How to prevent the cookies from spreading?
As with typical thumbprint cookies, these are made with a shortbread style cookie dough. Because of the high amount of butter, they can spread easily. To help the cookies keep their shape and to minimize spreading, follow these tips:
  • Start by measuring your ingredients correctly. Too much butter and not enough flour will cause spreading. Make sure to fluff the flour with a fork prior to measuring. Once measured, run a butter knife across the measuring cup to level off the flour. A small amount of baking soda is used in this recipe. Too much baking powder will cause spreading as well. Measure correctly to ensure lightness and lift without overspreading.
  • Chill the dough for at least an hour to firm up the butter. The fat molecules in the cold butter take longer to melt, causing the cookies to spread less. 
  • Do not grease the baking sheet. It will promote spreading. As an alternative, line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad.
  • Do not place dough on a warm baking sheet. The warmth will cause spreading. Allow baking sheets to cool to room temp before reusing.
Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Can you roll the dough in crushed peppermint candy before baking?
No. The peppermint candy will not stand up to the heat and will melt. Roll dough in sprinkles, granulated sugar, or sugar crystals instead. They retain their structure while baking.


What is the role of the egg yolk?
Many thumbprint cookies are eggless but I like to add an egg yolk. It provides richness, tenderness, and acts as a binder.

What is the purpose of cornstarch?
A trick many bakers use is to add cornstarch to flour. I love doing this with many of my baked goods. The cornstarch softens the protein in the flour, which results in more tender cookies. A mere two teaspoons of cornstarch is all it takes to make a difference in this recipe.

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies


 

How to store the cookies?
Store in a single layer in a airtight container lined with a paper towel at the bottom and over the top. I recommend taping the paper towel to the lid to prevent contact with the cookies, as the chocolate filling remains soft at room temperature. The filling firms up when refrigerated. The cookies be stored for 3-4 days at room temp and up to a week refrigerated. Allow refrigerated cookies to come to room temperature before eating.

To freeze, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until the filling is firm. Transfer to a freezer bag or storage container. Keeps well for up to 2 months.




These cookies are perfect for cookie swaps, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. They are delicious, fun, and festive! It’s a bit early, but if you have little kiddos, I happen to know for a fact that thumbprint cookies are one of Santa’s favorites. Just sayin’...




Other cookies you might want to try:

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave nectar
3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candy sprinkles
2/3 cup Amoretti Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Spread 


INSTRUCTIONS: 
  1. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder and  in a bowl. Whisk to blend. Set  aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium.
  3. Add egg yolk and vanilla. Beat for 30 seconds to incorporate.
  4. Add flour mixture, a third at a time. Beat just until the dough comes together. 
  5. Form into 1” balls. Place on parchment or silicone pad lined baking sheet.
  6. Make an indentation in center of each ball using your thumb.
  7. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the bottom edges becomes lightly golden.
  8. If the thumbprints have filled in, press into it with the back of a half teaspoon measuring spoon while the cookies are hot. 
  9. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. Brush top with agave nectar. Dip into crushed peppermint sprinkles.
  11. Working with half of the chocolate spread at a time, place in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave about 5-10 seconds to soften to make it easier spoon and dollop into the cookies. Stir.
  12. Place 1 teaspoon of the spread into the center of each cookie. 
  13. Microwave cookie spread 5 -10 seconds, as needed to make it easy to work with. Continue filling all of the cookies with the spread.
Makes 24 cookies.


Recipe notes:
  1. Store cookies at room temperature or refrigerated in single layer in an airtight container. Filling will remain soft at room temp and firms up when chilled. Keeps 3-4 days at room temp and up to a week refrigerated. Allow chill cookies to come to room temp before eating.
  2. Line the storage container with a paper towel at the bottom and top. For the top, tape the paper towel to the bottom of the cover to prevent it from coming in contact and sticking to the cookies.
  3. Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a freezer bag or storage container (does not need to be lined with paper towels).  

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4 comments:

  1. These are really cute Thao and I've never seen anything like this before! I just bought peppermint candies knowing they would come in handy for the holidays!

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    1. Perfect opportunity to use them on these thumbprint cookies, Inger! The peppermint candy makes them fun and festive.

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  2. Such a wonderful flavor in that spread! A real treat in these thumbprint cookies. So pretty with the peppermint sprinkles!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! The spread is deliciously chocolaty and pepperminty. It is so perfect for thumbprint cookies. I love the sprinkles too :)

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