Monday, April 2, 2012

Chocolate Thumbprint Nests

I have so many spring-themed cupcakes I want to make this week, but these cookies were way too cute to pass up. I decided to make these first since I had all of the ingredients on hand, and they required very little time and dishes...perfect when you need a last minute special treat for Easter. And what I liked most about these cookies (besides the fact that they are adorable) is that they highlight my favorite Easter Cadbury eggs. It's a good thing I can only find them in stores once a year because my husband and I are both addicted to them. If you can't find them, then peanut M&M's will also work. I'm still going to make cupcakes, but I might just have to make another batch of these for Easter.

Chocolate Thumbprint Nests
Servings: ~20 cookies

2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chocolate sprinkles
~60 mini Cadbury eggs (or peanut M&M's)

Preheat the oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high for 30 seconds. Beat in the sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour. Mix until just combined. 

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in sprinkles to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. 

Bake for 7-8 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Use your thumb to re-make an indentation, if necessary. Gently press three mini Cadbury eggs into the center of each cookie. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: slightly adapted from Curvy Carrot, originally from the Ultimate Cookie Book

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