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    Espresso Thumbprint Cookies

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    tonyp063's Note:

    All the essential food groups in this one :-) You can also finish with a small amount of crushed peanuts or peanut butter chips.

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    espresso filling


    1. 1
      Heat oven to 350°F Beat sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, cocoa and salt. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb or end of a wooden spoon into the center of each cookie. Do not press all the way to the cookie sheet.
    2. 2
      Bake 7 minutes to 11 minutes or until edges are firm. Quickly remake indentations with the end of a wooden spoon if necessary. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
    3. 3
      Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make Espresso Filling.
    4. 4
      Spoon a rounded 1/2 teaspoon Espresso Filling into indentation in each cookie.
    5. 5
    6. 6
      Mix whipping cream and instant coffee in 1-quart saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until steaming and coffee is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until melted. Stir in liqueur, if desired. Cool about 10 minutes or until thickened.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 15, 2008


      I loved making these cookies, and will definitely make them again. This recipe is very easy, and the cookies freeze well without the filling, so they can be done ahead. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was that I found there was not enough cream to melt the chocolate, so I had to add more...other than that the recipe worked great. I used the small amount of left-over ganache to make a few truffles. Thanks for sharing.

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    • on October 08, 2008


      These are really good, I opted to use crushed nuts instead of the candy canes....we are not really peppermint lovers at our house.

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    • on October 06, 2008


      TONY! TONY! TONY !!! This is the MOST decadent cookie I have EVER eaten ! The only adjustment to the cookie dough, was to use 1 Tbsp. King Arthur BLACK cocoa with 2 TBsp Hershey'd Dark. I had nothing to wash since I licked every piece of kitchenware that had a smidge of dough on it ! I only got 28, since I made them larger. They are not as puffy as Breezytoo's, and I had some difficulty in making a "thumbprint" stay. I only had Bittersweet chips, but they were fine, and the coffee liquor I added was STARBUCK'S !! Nice to have some leftover sauce, and I heavily drizzled some on a slice of banana bread, for lunch. This is a winner, Tony - thanks for posting. Made for Fall '08 PAC.

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    Nutritional Facts for Espresso Thumbprint Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (854 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 877.3
    Calories from Fat 457
    Total Fat 50.8 g
    Saturated Fat 30.9 g
    Cholesterol 190.1 mg
    Sodium 481.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 98.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 47.4 g
    Protein 10.5 g

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    instant espresso coffee powder

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