Christmas brings out the worst in me. It brings out my obsessive nature. No matter when I actually start my shopping, as soon as the first present has been purchased, I find I cannot relax until I have everything (including stocking stuffers) hidden away to be wrapped later. I’ve never been one of those people who could buy a gift here or there or casually do a little online shopping. No, it’s truly all or nothing with me. Once I start, it’s a race to the finish. I purchased my first gift, the day after Thanksgiving. A week later I was able to check everything off my list. I’m not bragging here. It’s a sickness I tell you. I can actually feel my blood pressure rising when I know I have gifts left to buy. When it comes to my own kids, it’s even worse. Not only do I have to buy the same number of gifts for all three, but it’s my goal each year to spend the same dollar amount as well. I actually have spreadsheets to help me keep track. It’s ok, you can say it. I’m a N.E.R.D. But there’s something so gratifying about being able to make everything come out even. The frightening thing is, I see the obsessiveness in my children!
So, now that I can no longer obsess over my shopping, I’ve moved on to obsessing over baking. Each year, I make dozens of cookies and candies to give as gifts and I make several dozen for us as well. Well, here it is, December 3rd, and I’m feeling like I haven’t baked enough. I have ingredients, I have my to do list, but my cookie tins are empty. It’s totally stressing me out and making me anxious! Will I get it all done??? AAAHHH!!! I’m biting my nails as I type!! Thankfully, I did manage to make these festive peppermint thumbprints! I feel confident these will give me enough energy to get me through my baking list!
We always had thumbprints on our cookie tray growing up. My mom would roll them in nuts and fill them with jelly. I can’t say I ever cared for those. But thumbprints are nevertheless nostalgic for me. I made my cookies with chocolate instead, just the way I like ‘em! I used peppermint Hershey kisses to fill them. It really bums me out when my kisses fall out of my cookies, that’s why I melted mine down a bit. I think the white chocolate Kisses look so pretty with these chocolate thumbprints, don’t you? And you know what? They taste as good as they look!
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- 2 cups flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 bag 14 oz. Peppermint Hershey Kisses
- Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt, set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together butter and 1 cup of sugar on medium high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Slowly mix in flour mixture and mix until combined.
- Place remaining ½ cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 in balls and roll in sugar. Place cookie on a lined cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and using a rounded teaspoon, lightly make indentation into each cookie. Return to oven for 4 minutes. Top each cookie with a Hershey Kiss and return to oven for 1 minute or until chocolate is slightly melted. Remove and swirl melted chocolate with a spoon to smooth. Let cookies stand on baking sheet for a minute to set before moving to a cooling rack.
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