Chocolate Thumbprints with Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Kisses

Chocolate thumbprint cookies with cookies 'n' cream Hershey's KissesThumbprint cookies are a childhood favourite. There’s something so satisfying about pressing your thumb into a soft ball of dough! I think the standard flavour is peanut butter which is filled with jam or jelly, so this is a bit different. Still, I have done peanut butter ones with kisses in the centre (actually, chocolate caramel kisses)!

I made these for Christmas (I know, I know, I’ve really fallen behind in posting) but I think they’d be really cute Valentine’s Day treats… they are kisses, after all! Christmas 2010, I managed to find the candy cane kisses (as mentioned  here) but this past Christmas I missed the boat! They were all sold out by the time I went to buy ingredients. Oh well, things like that just force us to be more creative and think about other things that work well! I chose cookies and cream kisses since the white would contrast well against the dark chocolatey cookie, but choose whichever flavour you please! They might even have Valentine’s themed ones…

1 cup butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 bags Hershey’s Kisses (any flavour, and you will have leftovers!)

Preheat your oven to 350 F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper (these don’t stick as much as the macaroons, so sticking is less of a concern – use aluminum foil if you like).

Cream the butter and sugar until lightened in colour and fluffy.

Creamed butter and sugar

Add in the egg yolks, cream (I used half-n-half), vanilla, and salt then mix until smooth. This is actually a really good recipe to make around the same time as the macaroons, since this one uses 2 yolks and the other recipe needs 2 whites! Or you could eat an egg white omelette… but if you’re like me, you probably think that’s no fun.

Two egg yolks, half-and-half cream, and vanilla prepared for addition to the batter

Add the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. I know, a whole cup of cocoa is a lot (and expensive!) but trust me, it makes these soooo chocolatey. You can also cut down on the expense by buying it at a bulk store – there’s always one around but you might have to hunt (read: google) to find it.

Cocoa powder mixed into the batter

Add in the flour. I said “about” 1 1/2 cups in the ingredients because I tend to withhold a bit of the flour until I see how it’s mixing. If the dough looks too soft, I add the rest. If it looks fine, I leave it out. The original recipe I was working off of (another Martha one) called for 2 cups, but I left out 1/2 a cup for a much more tender cookie. My point is: use your senses and your brain, they’ll tell you when it’s right. Mix in the flour just until the streaks of white disappear – you don’t want to over mix.

Chocolate cookie dough

Measure out scoops of dough – I used a tablespoon to get even-ish sized cookies – and roll these into balls. Place them on the cookie sheet and flatten them slightly with two fingertips (otherwise they’re too thick and don’t bake through).

Cookie dough rolled into balls and flattened with two fingers

Make a thumbprint in the centre – or, if you want to be exact, use a foil-wrapped kiss to make a depression (just don’t leave it in there!).

Chocolate cookies with thumbprints

Put the cookies in the oven. While you’re waiting on them, unwrap enough kisses for the cookies in the oven (1 per cookie).

Unwrapped cookies 'n' cream Hershey's Kiss

After about 8-10 minutes, pull the cookies out. Immediately start squishing the unwrapped kisses into the centre of the cookies – it’s important this is done while the cookies are hot out of the oven or they’ll crumble into pieces! It’s OK if they crack a little though, they look pretty that way!

Chocolate thumbprint cookies with cookies 'n' cream Hershey's Kisses

Let the cookies cool slightly before lifting them off the sheet. Use a spatula to avoid breaking the cookies when you move them to the cooling rack. Let these cool thoroughly before packing into bags or containers, otherwise you’ll smush the kisses all over!

Chocolate thumbprint cookies with cookies 'n' cream Hershey's Kisses

I brought these to a Christmas dinner with my friends and it was downright comical how fast they gobbled them up! These are just one of those things that perfectly mix childhood (kisses) and more grown up (dark chocolate) flavours.


7 thoughts on “Chocolate Thumbprints with Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Kisses

  1. I want to make these tonight but I only have 20 kisses. It would be helpful if you posted how many cookies you ended up with. Thanks.

    • The recipe takes about 1 and a quarter standard bags of kisses – which I believe is 45-50 cookies. However, you can always adjust the cookie size (bigger cookie with fewer kisses or smaller cookies with more kisses) to accommodate how many you have. A half recipe could also work with just 20 kisses. Or you could make some plain ones with the extra dough 😉

    • Great question!
      This time of year, I’ve seen Cookies and Cream/Candy Cane/Other holiday flavours in the holiday sections of grocery and drug stores. I’ve also seen them at my local bulk store in the candy section or along with the holiday treats.
      Good luck!

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