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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

I have this big cookie cookbook, I bought it with the idea of baking some during the holidays, but I didn't figure it would be the summer holiday! I wanted to bake something with Maranda before the summer vacation was over. We kept meaning to, but then something always came up... I made her do most of the work, hehehe

Now to give you an idea how huge this cookbook is, it's called 500 Cookies, Biscuits, & Bakes by Catherine Atkinson, it has tons of cookies, bars, slices, meringues, puffs, scones, biscuits and much more. It is almost like walking into a large home improvement store, a little overwhelming to choose. So I put Maranda to work. She narrowed it down to three: these, Rich Chocolate Cookie Slice, and Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches (which we will probably end up making all three). We decided on these just because I had all the ingredients all ready and we could start as soon as the butter reached room temperature!

The chocolate spread that I had was Cappuccino & Chocolate Israeli Chocolate spread. Yum it was so good on top of these cookies.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from 500 Cookies, Biscuits, and Bakes

1/2 c unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup (heaping) rolled oats
6 tablespoons chocolate spread

Preheat oven to 350°F lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

In a bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy.

Add the egg and beat well. Sift over the flour, cocoa, and baking soda and stir to combine. Add the rolled oats and mix well.

Using your hands roll spoonful of mixture into balls, and place on cookie sheets giving them room to spread. Flatten slightly.

Dip thumb in flour and press into center of each cookie to make an indent. Bake for 10 minutes. Leave for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Spoon chocolate spread into the center of each cookie.

Edited to add: I used a scoop to plop them on the baking sheet, I couldn't see rolling them into balls. (that's why they don't look perfectly round). My husband said they reminded him of the refrigerator cookie that his mom made. I thought the texture was a little too soft and the oats tasted raw (like a refrigerator cookie would taste) I followed the recipe as written, but I think something was missing. I'm not a good enough baker yet to make my own adjustments like I would a savory dish I am cooking!

I was watering my plants the other day and saw the ginger has was all tucked away in the backyard.

and here is one of the turmeric plants that I planted in the ground. The one in the pot is the biggest right now. I'll make sure to get a photo of that one next.


  1. Your cookie look perfect and yummy! Oh, you even planted turmeric plants, best to add some into beef Rendang.

  2. I love chocolate cookies...and these look really good :-)

  3. I have never seen ginger in flower, interesting. I am a chocoholic so I can only say these cookies look wonderful ;-) Diane

  4. Great then! You must try out all the recipes and share them with us, right! haha... Hey, soon you will be able to use that ginger flower to make Thai dishes and turmeric leaves to make malay dishes. Yummmm....
    Enjoy your day, dear.

  5. These yummy chocolate cookies would be gone in a matter of few minutes in my family with all the chocolate lovers.
    I've never seen a ginger plant, or even ginger flowers, so unique, and pretty:D

  6. What a great cookie! It sounds delicious.

  7. This cookie does sound yummy. Sorry it wasn't quite what you had hoped - I hate when that happens (although I'm sure they all got eaten just fine, lol). I just love the things you grow in your backyard (jealous...).

  8. Oh these look good! Really, really good! I hope you are enjoying the holidays before school starts again. The kids over here have only just broken up!

  9. Sonia, thanks I'll have to do that!

    Rachana - we love chocolate too!

    Diane - I know, this unassuming plant and this awesome cool!

    Kristy - yes, I think I'm going to have to make them all. Wow, I didn't know they used the ginger flower. I wonder how much other wonderful edible things I have in my yard. :D I have cactus "tunas", and yucca blossoms, I just found out are edible and good.

    Elisabeth - You'll have to plant some ginger root, even in a pot it will blossom.

    The Slow Roasted Italian - thanks so much.

    Brenda - it was fine, but I just wish I knew what it needed, maybe some salt? They are gone though you're right!

  10. These look almost sinful with that gooey gob of chocolate in the middle! Sorry they didn't live up to their expectations!

  11. Where does one find Israeli chocolate spread? Too bad they went the best...but sounds like a good should play around with it and perfect it. I love ginger flowers...I bought a few stems the other day...except they were magenta. I'd love to have a ginger plant...did you just plant a piece of ginger root?

  12. Pru, thanks, how long do they get off from school?

    Reeni, they do look good. Everyone else liked them. I'll have to work on it.

    Bo - I got the Israeli chocolate spread at the health food store. I've had many flavors - dark chocolate, white chocolate, and cappuccino so far. Bright Morning is the brand...says for filling cakes and sandwiches. Ginger is another one of those items that I seem to pick up each time I'm at the store. So when I have too much and you see it start to sprout...I just plant it. Sometimes in pots and often in the backyard along the back border. I have other gingers back there as ginger, variegated ginger are a few.

  13. Those cookies of yours look so scrumptious, I am too lazy to make cookies though, long time to finish !

  14. I was curious about the name of this cookie. They do look yummy and I like the picture of the ginger flower.

  15. I made chocolate thumbprint cookies tonight but I have not yet filled the thumbprint. I did not like what was used but I like what you did and I have the spread.

    Would you link this to Bake with Bizzy?

  16. Jeannie - funny I'm too lazy to bake the beautiful things you do!

    Cheah - the thumbprint is just the indent you make for the filling.

    Bizzy B - The chocolate spread was the best part, yum! Thanks I'll be sure to link to Bizzy B Bakes!


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