Chocolate and Irish Cream Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Rich and decedent, these Chocolate and Irish Cream Thumbprint Cookies make a wonderful treat for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. A delicious chocolate cookie dough is filled with an icing made from white chocolate and Irish crème liqueur, so they make a wonderful accompaniment to a cup of hot cocoa or coffee. Decorate your cookies with Gold Pearlized Sugar for an added touch of glimmer. A wonderful recipe for cookie exchanges (one recipe makes about 42 cookies), These Chocolate and Irish Cream Thumbprint Cookies will warm your soul on even the coldest winter nights.
Makes: 3 1/2 dozen
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cookie pans with parchment paper.

Step 2

In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt.

Step 3

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Measure out 1 tablespoon pearlized sugar; set aside. Roll cookie dough in remaining pearlized sugar. Place on prepared pans and make indentation in ball with finger or small measuring spoon.

Step 4

Bake 15-17 minutes or until cookies are firm. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to cooling grid; cool completely.

Step 5

In medium microwave-safe container, combine white chocolate and liqueur. Microwave at half (50%) power 1 minute; stir. Microwave on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is almost melted. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth. Working quickly, drop mixture evenly into indentations of cookies. Sprinkle with remaining pearlized sugar.

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1 bottle (5.25 ounces) Gold Pearlized Sugar Sprinkles, 5.25 oz. (divided)



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all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

cocoa powder

1/2 cup cocoa powder


1/2 teaspoon salt

butter, softened

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

light brown sugar

1/2 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar


2 Eggs

white chocolate

2 packages (4 ounces each) white chocolate (roughly chopped)

irish cream liqueur

1/4 cup irish cream liqueur




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