Chocolate Andes Mint Thumbprint Cookies
A thumbprint chocolate peppermint cookie with a green candy melt in the center then topped with an Andes Mint and drizzled with chocolate.
Chocolate and peppermint are such a wonderful combination, especially for St. Patrick’s Day!
So, in honor of St. Patty’s day, we’ve got some delicious chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies for you.
What is a Thumbprint Cookie?
A thumbprint cookie is a delightful and petite baked treat characterized by a small well or indentation made in the center using the baker’s thumb, hence the name. These charming cookies typically consist of a buttery, sometimes nutty, dough that acts as a delicious canvas for various fillings. The thumbprint impression not only gives the cookie its distinctive appearance but also serves as the perfect receptacle for a range of delightful fillings. Whether it’s fruit preserves, chocolate ganache, caramel, or any other sweet concoction, the filling transforms each thumbprint cookie into a flavor-packed miniature indulgence. Beyond their delightful taste, thumbprint cookies hold a special place in the hearts of bakers and cookie enthusiasts alike, as they offer a canvas for creativity and a cozy, homemade touch to any occasion.
How Do You Keep Thumbprint Cookies from Spreading?
Chill the Dough: Refrigerate the cookie dough before baking to solidify fats and minimize spreading.
Adjust Flour-to-Fat Ratio: Increase the ratio of flour to fat in the recipe to create a thicker and less spreading dough.
Define Thumbprint Indentation: Press a well-defined thumbprint into each cookie before baking to maintain shape and control spreading.
Avoid Overmixing: Prevent overmixing of the dough to avoid excessive gluten development, which can contribute to spreading.
How many flavors of Andes are there?
1. Classic Mint Bliss: Uncover the original charm with the classic Andes mint flavor—a perfect blend of cool peppermint wrapped in smooth chocolate.
2. Tantalizing Toffee Crunch: Indulge your taste buds in the delightful toffee crunch variation, where buttery toffee meets the signature Andes chocolate goodness.
3. Dreamy Raspberry Rendezvous: Experience a burst of fruity bliss with the dreamy raspberry flavor, adding a sweet and tangy twist to the iconic Andes treat.
4. Creamy Creme de Menthe: Delight in the creamy Creme de Menthe variety, offering a luxurious and velvety mint filling nestled within the luscious chocolate layers.
5. Decadent Cherry Jubilee: Savor the decadent Cherry Jubilee, where the rich chocolate harmonizes with the sweet and slightly tart essence of cherry.
6. Heavenly Peppermint Crunch: Elevate your Andes experience with the heavenly Peppermint Crunch, featuring bits of crunchy peppermint for an extra layer of texture.
7. Seasonal Limited Editions: Keep an eye out for seasonal limited editions that surprise and delight taste buds with innovative and festive flavor combinations.
Equipment Needed for Chocolate Andes Mint Thumbprint Cookies
- medium mixing bowl
- large mixing bowl
- electric mixer
- cookie sheet
- parchment paper
- wire rack
- small microwave-safe bowl
Ingredients for Chocolate Andes Mint Thumbprint Cookies
Here’s a simple breakdown of the ingredients for your Chocolate Andes Mint Thumbprint Cookies:
All-purpose flour: Basic and versatile flour that forms the cookie base.
Hershey’s dark cocoa powder: Rich and deep cocoa flavor for a chocolatey kick.
Baking soda: Helps the cookies rise and become fluffy.
Salt: Adds a bit of savory balance to the sweetness.
Butter: Provides a rich and creamy texture to the cookies.
Granulated sugar: Sweetens the dough to perfection.
Egg: Binds the ingredients together, contributing to a soft texture.
Milk or cream: Moistens the dough for a delightful chewiness.
Vanilla extract: Enhances the overall flavor with a sweet aroma.
Peppermint extract: Infuses a refreshing minty taste for that festive touch.
Wilton green candy melts: Vibrant green coating for a festive and eye-catching appearance.
Andes Creme de Menthe thins: Delicious minty filling to complement the chocolatey goodness.
Wilton dark cocoa candy melts: A rich and chocolaty drizzle to top off your delightful thumbprint cookies.
Grab and Print the Recipe
Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup Hersheys dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter - softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 24 Wilton green candy melts
- 12 Andes Creme de Menthe thins - cut in half diagonally
- 1/4 cup Wilton dark cocoa candy melts
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar, egg, milk and both extracts. With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add half of the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir to incorporate.
- Cover the cookie batter and chill for 1 hour for easier handling.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Once chilled, roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls and place on the parchment-lined cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from each other.
- Press a thumbprint into each cookie ball. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool. If some of the thumbprints have disappeared during the baking process, just make another thumbprint into the warm cookie.
- While still warm, insert a green candy melt into the thumbprint of each cookie. The warmth of the cookie will cause the green candy to soften.
- Insert an Andes chocolate mint candy piece into the softened green middle of each cookie.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the dark cocoa chocolate candy melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until completely melted and smooth.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate on top of each Andes chocolate mint thumbprint cookie.
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