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Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

These look so pretty at Christmas on a tea table with other decorated cookies. They taste as good as they look, and they are eaten quickly wherever and whenever I take them. They're also ideal for Valentine's Day, and every other day of the year! —Stephanie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • TOPPING:
  • 30 maraschino cherries, patted dry
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and cocoa; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Bake 7-9 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter and cherry juice. Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon filling. Top each with a cherry. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 84 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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