Espresso Thumbprint Cookies (Cookie Exchange Quantity)

Make your mark with coffee-flavored cookies. The shape is classic.

  • Prep Time 2 hr 5 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 5 min
  • Servings 72

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup packed brown sugar
3/4
cup shortening
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup baking cocoa
1
tablespoon instant espresso coffee (dry)
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
egg yolks
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt

Espresso Filling

1/2
cup whipping (heavy) cream
2
tablespoons instant espresso coffee (dry)
1
bag (11 1/2 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
1
tablespoon coffee-flavored liqueur, if desired

Decoration

About 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candies, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, butter, cocoa, 1 tablespoon dry espresso, the vanilla and egg yolks with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until creamy. Stir in flour and salt.
  • 2 Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into center of each cookie to make indentation, but do not press all the way to the cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Quickly remake indentations with end of wooden spoon if necessary. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream and 2 tablespoons dry espresso over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until steaming and espresso is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until melted. Stir in liqueur. Cool until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • 5 Spoon rounded 1/2 teaspoon filling into indentation in each cookie. Top each cookie with 1/4 teaspoon crushed candies.

Expert Tips

Classic Thumbprint Cookies: Omit baking cocoa, espresso coffee, Espresso Filling and peppermint candies. In medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 egg yolks. Stir in 2 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Slightly beat 2 egg whites. Dip balls in egg whites; roll in 1 cup finely chopped nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Press with thumb as directed above. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Remake indentations as directed above. Remove from cookie sheet; cool. Fill each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon jam (you’ll need about 3/4 cup jam or preserves).

To prevent too deep of an indentation, press with just the tip of your thumb.

To crush the peppermint candies, place in a resealable plastic food-storage bag and lightly crush with rolling pin.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
35mg
35%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.