Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chocolate Valentine Thumbprint Cookies

I love thumbprint cookies because it is a simple cookie that can be changed with very little effort (just change the color of the sprinkles). I had a lot of pink and red sprinkles and sugar, so I had a nice variety of Valentine cookies. Of course the girls loved the pink ones.  I'm hoping my 52 smiles recipients enjoyed them too. 

Chocolate Valentine Thumbprint Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies 
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sprinkles or colored sugar 
24 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.
3.  Add sugar,  egg and vanilla until combined.
4. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. 
5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
6.  Roll balls in sprinkles to coat.
7. Place balls 2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheets and, using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. 
8. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm.  Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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