These Chocolate Thumbprints are soft vanilla cookies that are pressed down in the middle and filled with a rich chocolate ganache.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 teaspoons corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, the confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour, beginning on low speed and increasing to medium until combined.
- Form balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each; place balls 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven, and press thumb into cookies to make deep, wide indentations. Rotate pan, and return to oven; bake until light brown on the edges, 7 to 9 minutes more. (If the indentations begin to lose definition, remove cookies from oven and press again.) Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Combine chocolate, the remaining 6 tablespoons butter, and the corn syrup in a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Allow to cool a bit until slightly thickened. Fill thumbprints with the chocolate mixture, and set aside to firm up. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
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