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Cookie Party: Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Posted on: December 9, 2010

This recipe was contributed to my cookie exchange party by my over-acheiving sister, who couldn’t decide on a single recipe and instead brought three different kinds of cookies…the other two recipes to follow!

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Filling Ingredients:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
26 milk chocolate kisses (not sure why it’s 26 when the yield is 24…perhaps to account for snacking?)

1.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg yolk, milk and vanilla.  Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
2.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
3.  In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls, dip in egg white then roll in nuts.  Place on greased baking sheets.  Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the centre of each cookie.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until centre is set.
4.  For filling, combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; stir until smooth.  Spoon or pipe 1/4 tsp into each warm cookie.  Gently press a chocolate kiss in centre.  Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen

Chocolate Thumbprints (Top Left), Lemon Cookies (Top Right), Mincemeat Tarts (Bottom Centre)

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