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Last Minute Christmas Gift? Think Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

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Its coming around the corner ? Do you have your Christmas shopping done? Need a last minute Christmas gift?

How about offering homemade baking?
 
It's a very thoughtful gift to share with your family,friends or even co-workers.They will certainly admire all the effort you brought to make their gift special. 


Therefore, if you're curious in heading this direction?;however stuck on a concept for a recipe. Then you should try making these decadent Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints. They are super impressive in appearance while quite simplistic to make. The recipe is also easy to follow in directions,utilizes budget-friendly ingredients and are also fun to decorate. You just have to remember to leave extras for taste testing?! You wont want to miss out on that.

Miss out !?


Yes,because these delightful treats are made with a chewy, dark chocolate cookie dough as well as a creamy chocolate peppermint center. They are a perfect fit for the holiday season and furthermore to make them even more special,we also drizzled white chocolate over top for a little elegance. Lastly to bring it altogether as a gift, you can easily wrap up a batch and tied it off with a colorful bow.
 
Overall, homemade is always a great choice for a Christmas gift. When you put in the effort everyone has appreciation, because its always the thought that counts. Also, if your gift receiver is a chocolate lover as well as a fan of mint then you definitely have a large window of recipes.
 
So go on and try the recipe out for yourself !!

 
Have A Very Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!!

Chocolate Peppermint White Chocolate Thumbprints
Adapted From Martha Stewart



2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
11/4 cups unsalted butter,softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
5 ounces (3/4 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp peppermint extract



1. Preheat oven to 350F.In a medium bowl,sift over bowl flour,cocoa powder and salt.


2.In a large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream together 1 cup of  the butter and 1 cup of the sugar on medium-high, until light and fluffy.Add the egg and vanilla,beat to combine.


 3.Gradually add the flour mixture on low,until combined.


 4.Place the 1/2 cup sugar into a small bowl.Rolled the dough into 1 inch balls and roll them into sugar to coat.Then place the cookie balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a baking mat.


 5.Bake for 5 minutes.Remove from oven and make indentation on the top using a spoon. 


6.Bake the cookies again just until set, about 4 minutes.Let cool on sheets on a wire rack. Repeat the process

7.In a microwave safe bowl,combine chocolate chips,1/4 cup of butter and peppermint extract.Melt in 10 second increments until completely melted.Let cool to thicken,enough to use for pipping, about 5 minutes.(Tip:To cool faster place chocolate in fridge)


8.Place chocolate in a medium sized zip lock bag and snip off a small hole in the corner.Then proceed to pipe the centers of each cookie.Let set. Can also use a piping bag with tip.



Decorating Tip


 If desired,melt about a 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.Add 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil to help the melting process,but don't make it too liquidity.If to liquidity add more white chocolate to the melting process.Melt only in 10 second increments until completely melted. Drizzle the white chocolate over top of the cookies using a fork or knife.Let set to cool.

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