Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

by aimee @ shugarysweets on April 9, 2012

I’m back. What an awesome trip! I hope you enjoyed all my guest posters! I owe them big time!

So, let’s talk cookies. Chocolate thumbprints with peppermint frosting.

Yeah, these totally are holiday cookies. But see, here’s the story. There’s this little baby, named Will, he’s not born yet. And he has a heart defect. There was this big fundraiser to raise money for medical bills and other needs, and these cookies shared a part in the day. If you look at the cookies in the box (yes, I know it’s blurry) you will see each one has a red heart (made out of candy melts) on it. For Will.

The cookies melt in your mouth just like baby Will has melted our hearts! We’re praying for you!!

Chocolate Thumbprints with Peppermint Frosting
by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Ingredients (6 dozen)
    For the cookies:
    • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used a 4oz bar of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate)
    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup sugar (for rolling cookies in)
    For the frosting:
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 6 oz white chocolate, melted
    • 2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 Tbsp milk
    • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
    Instructions
    In microwave, melt bittersweet chocolate for 30 seconds, stir, and heat for an additional 30 seconds, until completely melted. Set aside.
    In mixer, beat butter with 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg yolks and vanilla. Add in melted chocolate, mix until incorporated. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Scrape down sides of bowl occasionally.
    Transfer dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap it up and refrigerate at least an hour.
    When ready to bake, roll dough into tablespoons, drop into extra sugar and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press thumb into each cookie making an indent. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Immediately press the center with a spoon, as it has risen a bit in the oven. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
    For the frosting, beat butter until fluffy. Add white chocolate, powdered sugar, milk and peppermint extract. Beat for at least 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Place frosting in decorator bag with tip and pipe onto each cookie. Store covered.
    **cookie recipe adapted slightly from Food and Wine
    **frosting recipe from Shugary Sweets
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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    These sound absolutely lovely! Yum!

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    Kait Lun April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    These look great! You’re quite good at piping, I haven’t managed to master that yet :)

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies April 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Yum! I love that chocolate-mint combination!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    What delicious cookies! I love chocolate and mint. I hope you had an awesome trip. Welcome home!

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    Nicola April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    these look beautiful! I’ve never tried making peppermint butter cream – I bet it would go down great at Christmas. I hope your fundraiser went fantastically.

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    Kiri W. April 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    What a cute idea! I am not a mint fan, but I’d love them with any other frosting :)

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    Jocelyn April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    YEAAAA! I am so happy you are back:-)

    And you made cookies…chocolate and peppermint are one of my fav combos!! And I love that they played such an important part in baby Will’s life!!!

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    kitty April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    These look and sound wonderful! I’m your newest follower. Follow me back?? :)

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    Something Swanky April 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I think you make the girliest desserts I’ve ever seen. In a good way!!!! Everything you make is just so cute and pretty! I love it!

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    Loveforfood April 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I am hungry and miserable, so it is such a relief to encounter your recipes

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    Winnie April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    These look really beautiful and quite unique :)

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    Lisa @ Flour Me With Love April 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Chocolate and peppermint are wonderful together! The butter cream looks so pretty :)

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    Heather Kinnaird April 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    These sound delicious! Love chocolate/mint.

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    Julie April 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    Mel (Sharky Oven Gloves) April 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    These look absolutely delicious, and so perfectly piped! I hope the fundraiser went well – I bet these went down a storm!!

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    Tiffany April 10, 2012 at 1:12 am

    These are too cute for words! (but not too cute to devour!)

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    Erin April 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Another great one! They sounds delicious!

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    Gleeful @ The Captivating Life April 12, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Whoa. Those sound and look so good! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I wanted to stop by and say hello back. I’m so glad I did! I’m totally going to try these.

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    Savannah McQueen April 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my! These look so good! Every time I come to your site I am impressed and experience a small sugar high. As always, thanks for sharing.

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    Kristin April 13, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I’m pretty sure that, in some weird way, peppermint has my heart. So yummy looking!

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    TheChocolatePriestess April 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I like the dark and white chocolate combination, I think that makes for a better taste combination than dark and milk or milk and semi-sweet or milk and white chocolates.

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    Jenn "Rook No. 17" April 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Shared your marvelous deliciousness on my Facebook page today!

    Jenn

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    Jenn "Rook No. 17" April 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Shared your marvelous deliciousness on my Facebook page today!

    Jenn

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    Laura December 10, 2012 at 12:56 am

    You and I share a lot of taste in common I can tell. LOVING these mint recipes!! This is an older post–I hope everything turned out ok with baby Will!
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