Happy Thanksgiving: German Chocolate Thumbprints

When I go to looking at holiday cookie recipes, it’s actually rather hard to find one that’s perfect for the occasion. Honesty, I don’t absolutely love melt-in-your-mouth-sugar-cookies. They are okay but….how do I say this…boring. Fruitcake cookies, cashew cookies – no thanks. I don’t despise this type, but they don’t measure up to….

Chocolate.

You can have your favorite sugar cookies if you really do enjoy them. But as for me, I prefer chocolate.

My little sister and I, needing some “fun” cookies to make, skimmed over the “Daria’s Best-Ever Sugar Cookies,” the “Nutty Chocolate Batons,” (hey, they didn’t really have that much chocolate!), and the “Coconut Almond Bombs.” We made German Chocolate Thumbprints.

German Chocolate Thumbprints

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 T. shortening

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 T. strong brewed coffee

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 T. baking cocoa

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Filling:

3/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 to 6 T. sweetened condensed milk

Drizzle:

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 T. shortening

In a microwave, melt chips and shortening, stir until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, coffee, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, combine the coconut, pecans, and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to form a stiff mixture. Fill cookies with filling, a rounded teaspoonful in each. Melt chips with shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen

Verdict: These were excellent! My favorite part was the filling – something about toasted coconut and pecans. Wow. And when you get a combination like this, how can you go wrong? Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

~rachel~

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