Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

The holiday cookie baking continued this weekend. We tried another new to us cookie: Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints. The recipe is from a Fine Cooking Holiday Cookie magazine my brother bought me a few years ago. That's how long these have been bookmarked! Every year I look forward to a holiday chocolate-mint cookie or dessert. I'm still searching for the chocolate mint cookie that is exactly what I want in a chocolate mint cookie - but these come pretty darn close.
I might like them more if our peppermint extract hadn't been a little old. It seemed to have lost some of its scent and flavor. I added extra extract to the chocolate filling but even so, it's not quite as pepperminty as I'd like.
The dough is kind of crumbly, even after being refrigerated. Sometimes when I made the indentations, the sides cracked. I didn't bother with a pastry bag or piping the filling - I just used my baby spoon and spooned the mixture into the centers. I also didn't wait 30-40 minutes after making the filling to spoon it in. I did it right away.

My mom and SP like these a lot. I think these are good enough to make another appearance on the holiday cookie tray.

Recipe here.

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