Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chocolate- Mint Thumbprints

My baking projects are in full swing, my Christmas shopping is complete, and my home is decorated to the hilt. Next up is wrapping gifts... something I don't really enjoy. So I'll continue to put that off and bake more cookies instead! Cookie #8 of this holiday baking season: Chocolate- Mint Thumbprints.

Here's one where you can get the kids involved (take advantage of their miniature thumbs)!

They're the typical thumbprint cookie... chill the dough, roll into balls and give each cookie a push of the thumb.

After you bake them, they puff up quite a bit, so you simply use the end of a spatula to re-create the thumbprint impression.

The chocolate filling calls for melted semi-sweet chocolate, butter and peppermint extract. I had these stashed in my freezer so I used them instead. They worked out perfectly.

Once the chocolate is melted, it will be smooth and thin. You'll need to let it sit at room temperature for a while, giving it a chance to thicken up enough to pipe through a pastry sleeve. If you prefer, you can spoon the filling into the centers instead.

Give them a splash of holiday sprinkles if you'd like.

These make a nice holiday cookie. And they seemed to satisfy the fanatical chocolate-lovers in my house, as well as my chocolate-mint-obsessed husband. The chocolate middles harden at room temperature, and then you can freeze them if you'd like in a covered container between layers of waxed paper.

Time to wrap some gifts... or perhaps bake some more cookies. I say cookies! But my son says, "Mom, please wrap the gifts!!" (He's dying to shake the boxes and begin guessing what might be inside.) Ok, kid. I'll wrap a few gifts... just for you (in between batches of cookies!)

This recipe can be found HERE.

27 comments:

Manggy said...

Pah, the hard part is over! As for me, I've got nothing to wrap :( Maybe all will be forgiven if I give me friends these yummy cookies instead of gifts I can't afford, lol. :)

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Those look perfect!!!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love thumbprint cookies, and chocolate makes them even better! They look wonderful!

Elle said...

Chocolate and mint? Perfect! And they look amazing. I have to look for those chocolate chips!

HoneyB said...

Awesome cookies! I love all these holiday dishes out on the web right now! :)

noble pig said...

They are adorable, and I hate wrapping gifts too! I'd rather be cooking!

Heather said...

they're so adorable! i love them!

Reeni said...

How pretty! And delicious!

Dawn said...

I would love to know how many cookies you are baking this season? I bet it's over 10 dozen? I love the filling here: soft & sweet.

Snooky doodle said...

these look great. I d like to make some chocolate mint cookies this year. I think this recipe will be the one. can you freeze the uncooked dough and bake them later so that they ll be fresh for Christmas

Helene said...

They look similar to a recipe that was done on MS this week. I have to make a batch of those.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

These look absolutely decadent. I'll try the recipe out this week. Thanks Lori, you cookie queen!

CookiePie said...

So pretty, and I love chocolate and mint together. Yum!

Leslie said...

grrrr..I HATE wrapping Christmas Presents! HATE IT!
Love these cookies!
BTW..the swirrly candies on my Ice cream cone Christmas trees..."the worlds smallest jaw breakers"
Thats what they were called at the candy store.

Bunny said...

Wow these really turned out good, I love the sprinkles on them! I hate to wrap gifts too, if I stand to wrap them my back starts to hurt, if I sit on the floor, my legs fall asleep, I'm a mess!

Megan said...

I am going to have to get my hands on some of those chocolate and mint morsels!!

entrepgirl said...

i just love mints and chocolates. these look yummy! :)

nice blog you have here, hope you can also visit mine. thanks! :)

Nina Timm said...

I love the thumbprint idea! The whole post says: "Christmas is coming!"

ovenhaven said...

I adore thumbprint cookies, but somehow never got the idea to use chocolate and mint! Thanks for sharing :)

VeggieGirl said...

Stunning x1000000

Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" said...

These look great, and so simple to prepare.

"Doc"

Grace said...

andes mints in cookie form, eh? that could never be bad...unless i ate too many and made myself sick, which is always a possibility when it comes to chocolate and mint. :)

Peter M said...

These look so ornamental..a pity they have to be eaten but the food Gods wouldn't have it any other way!

lisaiscooking said...

Lucky you! I'm only half-way done on everything. Great looking cookies!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

The cookies look great and I love anything that's chocolate+mint. And yea, I'd like to avoid wrapping, too...everyone knows which gifts I wrapped since they're not so picture perfect, lol

That Girl said...

These do look fun to make with kids

Josie said...

Lori- thanks for posting this recipe! I made it a couple nights ago to take to my accounting department at work. I used Andes Creme de Menthe chips for the filling, and I sprinkled red and white sugar on top. They were very festive and quite a hit! I am ever popular with our accounting department (which is notoriously difficult to get along with - but also quite important to my job) and I have you to partially thank :)

Merry Christmas!!