Friday, December 23, 2016

Countdown to Christmas: Day 23: Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Welcome! I'm AnnaD (or Anna Grace) the writer and owner of this blog, and this is my Countdown to Christmas. You can read the previous posts in this series for recipes, DIYs, hair styles, and more by going to the archives on the right. Also, please subscribe by entering your email in the subscription box on the right. 

Verses of the day: Luke 2:19-21 - 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Merry (almost) Christmas!! I'm super happy to say that we are officially 1 1/2 days away from the big day itself. As I said previously, I still have a ton of stuff to do, most of which is all related to preparation of some sort for Christmas Eve, and for Christmas day. 

One of the things that finally got done today, was baking. Today was my family's baking day, and we are still not finished. So far we've made Mexican Wedding Cakes, Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter cookies, Molasses cookies, Red Velvet Cake balls, Chocolate thumbprints, and the list goes on. We have still yet to make sugar cookies, Cocoa Nut balls, and Peanut Clusters. 

My contribution to the baking was the Chocolate Thumbprint cookies, my absolute favorite Christmas cookies. I love to make, and eat these delicious blessings from above. 

If you have not  made, or even heard of these cookies before, I dare you to give them a shot. You will not be disappointed. The Chocolate Thumbprints are made up of a chocolate cookie with a jelly filling and chocolate coating. Yumm! am I right?

To make these cookies you will need:

  • 4.5 ounces of instant chocolate pudding 
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of flour
  • Strawberry Jelly 
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 4 Tablespoons of white sugar
Set the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

 In a mixing bowl, whip together the butter and pudding until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, making sure it's mixed well. Add the flour. 

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, should make approximately 30 balls. Coat the balls in the sugar and place on baking sheet.  Press thumb into the center of the ball of dough. Make sure the print is making a semi deep divot in the ball of dough. 

Place dough on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes. 

Once the cookies have cooled, dollop some jelly into the thumbprints. Then coat the jelly in melted chocolate chips. I find it's easy when I use a spoon to drop the chocolate on top of the cookies rather than spreading it. 

Wait for the chocolate to harden, and then enjoy your Chocolate Thumbprint cookie!

Thanks for reading, 

XO AnnaD