Espresso Thumbprint Cookies

"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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Ready In:
3 1/2 dozen




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make Espresso Filling.
  • Spoon a rounded 1/2 teaspoon Espresso Filling into indentation in each cookie.
  • 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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  1. limeleaf
    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.
  2. Chef53Kathy
    These are really good, I opted to use crushed nuts instead of the candy canes....we are not really peppermint lovers at our house.
  3. NurseJaney
    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.
  4. bugsbunnyfan
    I made these and my mom liked the coffee flavor. A did not use the candy canes because the only ones we have are packed away with the Xmas stuff and are several years old.
  5. Breezytoo
    Oh me, oh my! These are wonderful! Very easy to make as well! I made mine a bit larger then the suggested one inch balls, so only got about 2 dozen. After making the filling I let it sit for just a bit, then spooned into each and let them totally set up from there. These are so soft and when you bite in to that espresso filling its a little taste of heaven! Next time I'll probably top with ground hazelnuts as well ~ these will definitely be made again, thank you for sharing! :)


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