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When I was growing up, there were a couple classic Christmas cookies that were absolutely non-negotiable at holiday time: sugar cookie cut-outs and thumbprints with chocolate filling.
I've taken my mom's classic thumbprint recipe (from who knows how long ago) and updated it for today's sophisticated cookie connoisseurs.
The diff? Silky, sinfully rich dark chocolate replaces the semi-sweet filling, and a rosy, shiny maraschino cherry crowns the top, making sure these Dark Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints will be the belles of the cookie-plate ball.
So, here we go!
First, make a quick dough. I use a stand mixer to get the dough to this crumbly but stick-together stage:
If you have a 1-1/4" cookie scoop, a rounded heap will plop out just the right amount of crumbly dough into your palm. (If you don't have a scoop, eyeball it with a large spoon.)
Roll the dough between the palms of your hands to make a 1" ball, then let your thumb have some fun.
You want to make a good size indent so you have plenty of space to fill with melted chocolate later. Then they're ready for the oven:
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. They should be set but not hard or brown when done. Remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack and let 'em cool.
When they're all cooled down, give 'em a dunk in a powdered-sugar bath.
I put a sheet of wax paper underneath to make clean-up a breeze.
Now the yummy part. Put the chocolate ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl.
Micro for 20 seconds, stir, and micro again for another 5-10 seconds. Stir like crazy until the ingredients are all silky smooth.
You can pipe the chocolate into the thumbprint indents using a pastry bag (or a Ziploc bag with the corner clipped off), but I like using a baby spoon. It's just the right size.
When you've filled the cookies, let the chocolate set up a bit.
You could stop right here and be in cookie heaven. But add some Christmas red with well-drained maraschino cherries, and you take these holiday goodies right over the top.
These cookies could bring peace on earth and joy to the world -- they're that yum.
GO! Make these now!
Classic Christmas Cookies
For more cookie-plate ideas, try these:
Peppermint Whoopie Pies Recipe
Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti Recipe
Holiday Star Cookies Recipe
Holiday Cookie Ornaments Recipe
Easy Gingerbread Friends Recipe