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Sugar Cookie Chocolate Thumbprints

Pillowy soft cookies rolled in colorful sugar with silky smooth chocolate truffle centers make these Sugar Cookie Chocolate Thumbprints one of the most delicious cookies I’ve ever made!
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After moving back to the USA, I was the most excited to have access again to as many sprinkles, sugar crystals and decorating supplies as I could get my hands on!   One of the first things I purchased were peach and teal sugar crystals from a local cake supply store.  As soon as I saw them on the shelf I was inspired to create something based on them!

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Originally, I thought I would make a blossom type cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss in the center standing tall.  But once I started putting these cookies together I realized that the Kiss I chose was so soft in the center that it melted into a pool of chocolate creating a thumbprint instead of a blossom.

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The longer these cookies stayed warm the more melty the Hershey’s Valentine’s Kisses in Chocolate Truffle got! Once the cookies and the Kisses cooled the centers were firm but soft enough to bite through.

The combination of soft cookie, crunchy sugar outside and smooth chocolate center truly make these Sugar Cookie Chocolate Thumbprints one of my most favorite cookies!

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Did you get the recipe for Donut Sugar Cookies yet?  I made them the same weekend I made these sugar cookies!

Happy Baking!

Sugar Cookie Chocolate Thumbprints

Sugar Cookie Chocolate Thumbprints

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pink & blue sugar crystals
  • 1 bag Hershey's Valentine's Kisses in Chocolate Truffle
  • OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Using the OXO scoop, scoop out a level ball of dough. Form a ball in your hand then gently press it flat. This dough does not spread very much, so you want to create the size and shape of cookie you want with this process.
  10. Roll the disc in pink or blue sugar crystals until covered then place it on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the bottom edges begin to brown. Do not overbake!
  12. IMMEDIATELY press a chocolate truffle into the center of each kiss while they are still on the baking sheet and hot. You'll need the heat from the sheet and the pan to melt the truffle into a delicious pool of chocolate. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing or stacking in an air tight bakery box for storage.

 

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Peeps White Chocolate S’mores

S’mores aren’t just for summertime campfires anymore!  Just as the seasons are changing and the weather is getting warmer, these Peeps White Chocolate S’mores are the perfect dessert for Spring!

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My husband is obsessed with Peeps.   Seriously obsessed.  It seems as though the last 5 years that I’ve been seriously blogging, my Peeps baking game has been brought up a notch because of it.  The Funfetti Peeps Cupcakes and S’mores Peeps Pops from previous years are two of my most popular Peeps posts!

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With my big move from Germany to the USA, I’ve found that I have less time and energy for big, extensive baking projects.  So this year, I’m focusing on simple, yet still delicious recipes & projects to share with you.  Thus, the Peeps White Chocolate S’mores were born!

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These s’mores are so simple to make.  You start out with a ton of peeps, white chocolate, graham crackers and a clean baking sheet.  Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.

Line  the baking sheet with halved graham crackers.

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Since white chocolate bunnies are everywhere this year, I decided that instead of spending a ton of money on bars of white chocolate, I purchased an Easter bunny and cut it up into pieces.  I’m all about spending less money on desserts!

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Simply, chop the bunny up into tiny chunks and shards and evenly distribute it onto the graham crackers.

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In a 350F preheated oven, pop the white chocolate and graham crackers into the oven for one minute.  You want to get the chocolate soft and a bit melty.

Peeps White Chocolate S'mores | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comPlace the Peeps onto of the soft chocolate and press gently into place.  I used a variety of colors and flavors!  Bake for another 3 minutes or until the peeps are soft and begin to brown on the top.

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Press another graham cracker onto the top of each soft Peep and press until the Peep oozes out the side and is short enough to fit in your mouth.

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Eat immediately while still warm and gooey!

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With so many new Peeps flavors, it was hard to choose which was my favorite.  I used Vanilla Delight, Party Cake, Raspberry Delight,  Strawberry Delight and Classic.  Hands down my favorite was the Raspberry Delight with Vanilla being a close second.

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The tangy flavor of the Raspberry Delight Peep paired with the sweet white chocolate and the crunch of the graham cracker was divine!   If you love Peeps and if you love s’mores, you’re going to die for this dessert!

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Peeps White Chocolate S'mores

Peeps White Chocolate S'mores

Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • Honey graham crackers
  • Peeps
  • White chocolate
  • Baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Break the graham crackers in half and lay them evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Place white chocolate on top of each graham cracker.
  4. Bake for 1 minute.
  5. Place Peeps on top of the white chocolate. Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until the Peeps are soft and the tops just begin to brown. Remove from the oven to a wire rack.
  6. Press a graham cracker onto each Peep and press until the Peep oozes out the side.
  7. Eat immediately!

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