Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

by cakeduchess on December 13, 2010 · 45 comments

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Thumbprint cookies are so cute! They are little and fit into your mouth with one bite! Therein lies the problem. One bite. One cookie. 30 bites. 30 cookies.
These cookies are thumbprints for certain. I couldn’t find a perfect one that wasn’t touched by their little digits to look pretty in a picture. My son is poking the ganache on the computer screen as I’m typing this, “LOOK! The cookies WE made yesteryay!” The cookies that flew out of the oven! One tray happened to FLY out when I opened the oven and pulled the rack a little bit out to do the indentation. The rest, thankfully, were saved!
I have been dreaming of making these cookies ever since I got the book Baked Explorations. Love this book. I could make and eat every recipe. Except maybe the Jello Cake. Not that there is any thing wrong with a Jello Cake. I’m sure it’s a lovely cake.
These cookies are amazing!  Look at the sparkle of the coarse sugar. I wish you could taste one right now.  The smell of mint was mesmerizing me while I was taking the photos. Tempting me to take another bite. I had an issue with the dough. I found it to be very wet and ended up adding about another 1/2-3/4 cups of flour in the end. I worked it in with my hands until it had the right consistency. My daughter exclaimed, “These are better than the other chocolate cookies you made. Because of the mint!”

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Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Source: Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Ingredients
Cookies
2 oz dark chocolate (60-72%)
2 oz mint chocolate (I used Andes)
1 1/2 cups flour (I ended up using about 1/2-3/4 cups more of sugar after dough was made to make it the right consistency)
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into 1″ cubes, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coarse sugar for rolling
Filling
3 oz white chocolate, coarsely chopped (don’t use white chocolate chips, the don’t melt smoothly)
3 tbsp whipping cream
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Directions
Melt the dark and mint chocolates together in the microwave or over a double boiler. Whisk until smooth, and set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.  Add the sugars and beat again until light and fluffy.  Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat again until combined. Add the chocolate and beat until just incorporated.

Add the flour mixture all at once. Beat on low speed until the dough is smooth.
Shape dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in fridge until firm, 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350. Take dough out of fridge and get a little assembly line going: dough, then a shallow bowl or plate with sugar, then cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Form dough into balls, using a little less than 1 tbsp. Roll in sugar, and place on the cookie sheets.
Use your thumb (we used the end of a wooden spoon) to make an indentation in the center of each cookie. 

Bake for 10 minutes, remove sheets from oven, and use your thumb (or spoon) to make the indentation more visible.  Return to oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Pull out cookies at the first sign of cracking, as these cookies can over bake very quickly.

Set cookie sheets on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer cookies to the rack to cool completely before filling.

For filling: place the white chocolate in a glass measuring cup with a spout. Put the cream in a microwave safe bowl or cup, and microwave on high until it boils, about 30 seconds. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds, then whisk until smooth. Stir in the peppermint extract.  Fill the thumbprint cookies with this white chocolate ganache and refrigerate until set, at least a couple of hours. (I piped in the filling with a pastry bag.)

Cookies can be eaten at room temperature, or straight from the fridge. They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I hope your Monday is lovely. Mondays can be rough. Chocolate always makes it better!! Winking smile

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your support and LOVE reading your comments!
Here are some photos from the other night when we went to the “Polar Express” event that our library was hosting. Santa was there. They dressed up the city trollies as the Polar Express. The kids loved it!

There was Santa. You had to see if your name was on the good or bad list with one of his elves before meeting him. My daughter said, “My name was not really on the list mommy.”
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Then my cutie went with his friend Lola and they told Santa what they wanted for Christmas. My daughter said, “Mommy that isn’t the real Santa. I’m not getting my photo with him.” She said that after seeing the back of his head and the really bad wig he had on.  The little ones didn’t seem to care about the bad wig! That’s my son and his friend Lola. Lola had a long list;)
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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

bunkycooks December 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

This is another great holiday cookie! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I am glad these didn’t fly out of the oven! ;)

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE December 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Oh, how I love you for post this recipes!!! They sound like the PERFECT Christmas cookie!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Hi Lora! Your cookies look delicious, I love the combination of chocolate and mint! And I love the addition of the sugar on the outside of the cookies.
Isn’t the Baked Explorations book amazing?! I seriously want to eat everything out of that book (well except the cake ;) ) I love how your son was poking at the computer screen. haha. so cute! :)

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Amy Bakes Everything December 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I love the sugar on the outside of the cookies, that makes them even more special for Christmas!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes December 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Lora – Your cookies turned out perfect and I can only imagine how wonderful the mint filling smells and tastes with it. I’m going to have to try these asap.

“Baked Explorations” is probably one of my new favorite cookbooks. I’d say, whatever is made from that book is a sure hit!

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Roxan December 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Haha, that’s so cute about Lola seeing the wig! These thumbprints look amazing. 30 cookies, 30 bits, 30 seconds – that’s all they would last if they were in front of me. I love the elegant touch of the coarse sugar you added!

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Steph December 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm

These look so elegant! I love the sugar sparkles!

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A Thought For Food December 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I need to get my hands on this book now! These cookies look terrific! My sister would probably eat the whole batch of them (she loves the choc/mint combo).

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Adriana December 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Beautiful cookies!

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Monet December 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

These are beautiful! Don’t you just love that book? I could make each and every recipe. I am so glad that I bought it. These look amazing! I’m so glad that they turned out well for you. And your pictures made me smile. I love the holiday cheer! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. Have a beautiful Monday full of love and joy!

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Kim - Liv Life December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Love the Santa pics!! I have a batch of Mint Thumbprints cooling on my counter. A similar recipe but with dark chocolate in the center… I love the sugar coating on yours though, will have to remember that for next time!

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Green Girl @ A little bit of everything December 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Mondays can be rough. Chocolate always makes it better!! – I disagree, everyday is rough without chocolate :)))
Your thumbcookies sound so good, would love some right now.
thanks for sharing, hope you’ll have a wonderful Monday

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Claire Gallam December 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm

They are very pretty!

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The Mom Chef December 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Kids are so smart.

I love the cookies too. Hubby is a huge fan of chocolate mint so I’ll have to make them for him. Thanks for passing the recipe along.

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Annie December 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I love that you used andes mints. I saw some in the convenience store this morning and wondered how I could use them in a cookie. Now I know! Have a great week!

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faithfulfoodiefashionista December 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

These look delish and are so cute :)

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Lizzy December 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

You keep posting winner after winner…my kids would ALL love these!

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blackbookkitchendiaries December 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

this cookies are so amazing!! gorgeous creations as always… hope you have a nice day.

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happywhennothungry December 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

These look so yummy and I love the coarse sugar around the cookie. It gives them an extra sparkle. Thanks for sharing!

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Camala - CC Recipe December 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Great looking cookies, the coarse sugar adds such a pretty touch! Your son sounds just like mine:) Poking the computer screen…LoL

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Elin December 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Love these thumbprint cookies…chocolate and mint goes well together and thanks for sharing the recipe. Great for the fesive season and your kids are so smart :)))

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Pegasuslegend December 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

what beautiful cookies and children!

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cookingwithchrissy December 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm

These look lovely!

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Evan @swEEts December 14, 2010 at 2:41 am

These look delicious Lora! I was waiting to see what cookies came out of the flying batch :) I saw that on Twitter! ha When can I be expecting a care package my way??

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Holly December 14, 2010 at 4:38 am

So pretty!! They sound delish!:)

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Trish December 14, 2010 at 5:09 am

I love thumbprint cookies but the fact that mint is in these guys – how wonderful. I can imagine the smell of them baking. Hope you’re enjoying the holidays. Love the pics of the kids with Santa. Sounds like your daughter is on to Santa :0

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Angie's Recipes December 14, 2010 at 5:24 am

LOL Your daughter is clever.  The chocolate thumbprint cookies look beautiful…perfectly harmonious with mint.

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Tes December 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Ummm your daughter is so creative :)
Your chocolate thumbprint looks so lovely and delicious :)

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Pretend Chef December 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Another fantastic holiday cookie! Your kids are too cute, haha!

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Wilde in the Kitchen December 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

In my opnion, any chocolate cookie is made better with mint, or peanut butter ;)

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Carolyn December 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Mmm, mmm, good. I love choc and peppermint together and I love how pretty these are. But the bite-sized thing could be a problem, indeed ;)
Your daughter is a sharp one, lol!

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C&G December 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

stunning cookies! chocolate and peppermint: love the association! Giorgia

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C&G December 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

stunning cookies! chocolate and peppermint: love the association! Giorgia

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C&G December 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

stunning cookies! chocolate and peppermint: love the association! Giorgia

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C&G December 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

stunning cookies! chocolate and peppermint: love the association! Giorgia

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Sue December 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I can see that these cookies would be dangerous! So easy to pop into your mouth like popcorn! :)

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Kimberly Peterson December 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Hello sweetie!! Just thought I’d pop in and say hello before we go away on holidays. Have a WONDERFUL Christmas with the family and catch up with you in the new year! xo Kim

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BakingWithoutaBox December 15, 2010 at 1:33 am

Oh my! Just look at those cookies. That must be a great book. Love the Santa list. And such a smart little cookie you’ve got there!

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Paula - bell'alimento December 15, 2010 at 2:17 am

Chocolate & Mint…yes please ; ) e davvero I tuoi bimbi son bellissimi ; )

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Reeni December 15, 2010 at 2:23 am

Your daughter’s a gem! And so are these scrumptious cookies! I have a new love for thumbprints now – these are some of the best I’ve ever seen!

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forkbootsandapalette December 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

such a lovely festive post. the cookies look just wonderful.

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Jami (Sensical Musings) December 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I am officially mint obsessed this holiday season and hadn’t even thought about a chocolate mint thumbprint – what a great idea!

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briarrose December 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Just lovely. I want one….ok possibly several. ;)

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Table Talk December 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

These are a fun alternative to traditional jam thumprints. Looks like I am adding 1 more cookie to my holiday baking list!

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Magic of Spice December 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

These are the most stunning thumb-print cookies I have ever seen! And with mint, I can see the problem with one bite as I would have had little trouble with 30 :)

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