Monday, December 15, 2014

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies~ Secret Recipe Club

Delicious butter cookies are baked until just golden and filled with melted Peppermint Crunch candies.

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, we decided to do a cookie carnival, for the holidays. Everyone who signed up was assigned another blogger's blog, from which they were to choose a cookie recipe to make and share today. The blog I was assigned to was Tara's Multicultural Table. Tara's blog is a wonderful mix of several types of cuisines. She was born in Japan, spent a few years in Germany as a child, before moving to Alabama. Her husband is of Filipino descent and they are currently living in the Floriday Panhandle. Just by reading about Tara, I knew her blog would be full of delicious dishes, from around the world.

Tara has several wonderful cookie recipes on her blog. From Australian Vanilla Crescent Cookies, to Filipino Meringue Cookies, you will find anything to suit your tastes. I decided to make some White Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, due to time constraints. I needed something easy and something I knew my kids would enjoy. I ended up leaving the dough in the fridge for a few days, since I just didn't have time to roll and bake the cookies. Finally, I wrangled the kids and had them help roll little balls of dough and make the "thumbprints" in them, before baking.

I also decided to use some Andes Peppermint Crunch candies, rather than white chocolate, for the filling. As the dough was baking, a wonderful sweet buttery scent filled the air. Queenie mentioned that she didn't think she could wait for them to be cool or filled, before digging in. That's how good they smelled. These cookies are tender and buttery. The peppermint filling pairs wonderfully with the cookie and the chocolate drizzle adds just an extra bit of sweetness. Super pretty and easy to make, these would look wonderful on any holiday cookie tray.

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
adapted from Tara's Multicultural Table

2 2/3 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 C salted butter, softened (if using unsalted increase salt to 1 tsp)
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 C Andes Peppermint Crunch Squares, chopped
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 C green chocolate melts

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar; until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Mix in flour mixture, making sure not to over mix.

Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hrs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break off 1 inch pieces of dough and form into a ball. Place dough balls on cookie sheets, one inch apart. Using your thumb, slightly flatten each dough ball in the center; leaving an indentation.

Bake in a preheated oven until bottoms begin to turn golden; about 10-15 minutes (I started checking the cookies after 9 minutes). If indentations have risen, gently press them down again. Let cookies cool completely.

In a small sauce pan, over low heat, melt together the Andes Peppermint Crunch Squares, with the coconut oil. Once melted, transfer to a pipping bag, or plastic condiment bottle. Squeeze peppermint candy into the indentations in each cookie. Let cool for at least an hour, for the filling to set.

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the green chocolate melts, using 30 second increments. Transfer melted chocolate to a pipping bag, fit with a #1 tip. Drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate.

Keep cookies in an airtight container for 5 days, or freeze until needed.


Wendy Klik said...

Very festive, pretty cookies.

SallyBR said...

Indeed, super festive, these are absolutely perfect for this time of the year!

I've never made thumbprint cookies, now that's something to try soon.....

Michaela Kenkel said...

Love these, Cindy!! Perfect Christmas cookie in every way!

nicole said...

I made your Ginger Molasses cookies and they were great!

These cookies look so festive, but I have only see the brown and green andes pieces.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

These are so pretty! Love your pictures!

Baking Addict said...

Perfect for the holiday season and I love how you've decorated them.

Lynn Huntley said...

Wonderful Holiday Cookie~ Happy Holidays~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

Erin said...

Your cookies look and sound delicious! Great holiday pick!

BecHeflin said...

Thumbprint cookies are a holiday necessity. I love your peppermint version. So festive!

Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog said...

Your cookies look wonderful Loo Hoo! I am loving peppermint! Nettie

Tara said...

So glad you enjoyed the cookies! Love your addition of the peppermint center!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day Such festive cookies!
Cheers! Joanne

Chit Chat Chomp said...

What a gorgeous and colourful cookie!

Lauren Everson said...

Your cookies look so perfectly festive. Happy holidays!