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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.