The first time I had a thumbprint cookie was some years ago. It was of the traditional variety, rolled in coconut and filled with raspberry jam. And, oh so delicious. My boys had their first thumbprint cookies, last Christmas, when they decided to make the ones pictured above.
It's really a funny story on how they decided to make these particular cookies last Winter. My youngest, who was six at the time, decided he needed some "reading material" for the washroom. He perused the shelf and marched up the stairs, with his book of choice tucked firmly under his arm. When I went to check on him some time later, he was comfortably sitting, reading "Martha Stewart's Cookies" and dog-earring the recipes he hoped to try. Needless to say, we made the chocolate thumbprints later that day, and repeated them again this year for the boys to give away to their teachers.
These really are a simple kid-friendly cookie to bake. The ingredients are easily assembled, small balls of dough are rolled, and a scoop of chocolate is added to the centre. We even cheat and use Nutella in place of a proper filling, but it's yummy, quick and loved by all, so why not?
I'm going to double up on the cookie recipes tomorrow (so two new ones will be posted) in order to finish this feature by Friday. Happy cookie making, everyone!
Nutella Thumbprint Cookies, adapted from Martha Stewart
3/4 cups unsalted butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
~ Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
~ In the bowl of an electric mixer combing the butter and the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the salt and vanilla and beat for an additional two minutes. Slowly add the flour, beginning on low speed and increasing to medium.
~ Roll the dough into one inch ball and place two inches apart on baking sheet.
~ Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and press a thumbprint into the tops of the cookies to make an indentation.
~ Return to the oven and bake until the edges are brown, about six more minutes.
~ When the cookies are cool, fill the indentations with Nutella.