…to kick the holiday baking season off right
Holiday baking can be overwhelming. There are dozens of recipes I want/need to make this season, but unfortunately, time is running out fast. There are only 18 days left until Christmas, annndd I’m probably working 16 of them. It’s time I start checking off that list as the countdown to Christmas gets smaller. To start, I made these Thumbprint Cookies loaded with dark chocolate, peppermint, and lots of colorful holiday sprinkles.
These bedazzled cookies remind me of the 59¢ chocolate cake donuts at the grocery store—the ones I always begged my mom to get me when she dragged me with her every Sunday morning. Somehow I always convinced her that since I was her ‘little helper,’ I deserved some kind of reward…as if riding backwards on the front of the cart wasn’t enough. Pshhhhh.
What she didn’t know was that I got more than just a free ride and a donut…I always found a way to sneak in a box or two of Dunkaroos, String Things, and those pink frosted Animal Crackers (which I still love by the way…) Poor Mom. I feel bad now for all the money she spent on that ridiculously delicious, I mean, disgusting, junk food.
Maybe I can pay her back with a batch of these cookies? It’s only like 17 years later. No big deal.
Recipe adapted from The Curvy Carrot
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
20 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (give or take a few)
Servings: about 20 cookies
(1) Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper (or use Silpat liners).
(2) In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.
(3) Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
(5) Beat in the flour.
(6) Your dough should be at ball-rolling consistency at this point. If it’s not, let it chill in the refrigerator for a while to firm up a little.
(8) Roll balls in sprinkles to coat and unwrap your Kisses if you haven't already.