Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Is Pure Christmas Magic

chocolate thumbprint cookiesIf you're like me, you've saved most of your holiday baking for this weekend. I'm planning to just hunker down, turn the Christmas carols up, and getting my baking on. At the top of my list of cookies to make are these incredible mini chocolate thumbprint cookies.

From Pinch of Yum, she calls them "fudgy bliss," and she's absolutely right. These are out of sight. They're great for any time of year, but with some festive holiday sprinkles, they are perfect now. I'm thinking Santa would really like a plate of these come Monday night.

Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


2 sticks + 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 heaping cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Holiday sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350. Cream the butter and the sugar until smooth. Add the 1/3 cup cocoa powder and mix until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
Roll into small balls and make an indent with your thumb in the center of the ball. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until dry looking and lightly cracked on the surface but still very soft. I left mine a little bit underdone so they were softer and fudgier, almost like a brownie.
When they come out of the oven, press the centers down again to make a more defined well for the frosting. Allow to cool.
Whisk the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, hot water, and vanilla. Spoon the frosting into the centers of the cookies and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set before storing in tins.
Image via Pinch of Yum
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