Sunday, 5 August 2012

Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


I have been wanting to make Hershey's thumbprint cookies for ages. I actually bought a pack of Hershey's kisses whilst I was in America earlier this year in anticipation and I finally got round to it many months later. The opportunity of course is for my AlphaBakes challenge as the letter is T for thumbprint cookies. AlphaBakes is co-hosted by myself and Caroline from Caroline Makes. This month we have a special prize so make sure you get your entries in on time for a chance to win!



I chose a cherry and almond flavoured cookie (even though it's not my favourite) so I could also enter it to We Should Cocoa where the theme this month is cherries.  We Should Cocoa is the brainchild of Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog and Chele from Chocolate Teapot. This month it is guest hosted by Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen. This is probably the first time I've not scoffed tried most of the cookies myself as I don't like the flavour combination but everyone else thought it was great! They do look really cute too :)



I'm also entering these to United Bakes of America hosted by Gem from Cupcake Crazy Gem. She is baking her way through her book United Cakes of America and has asked us to join in either using an American recipe, ingredient or a recipe inspired by a state favourite. Hershey's of course are American so I think these cookies will fit the bill nicely.



 cherries and chocolate 

 lovely red cherries 

 made with lots of kisses :)

 making thumbprint cookies 



Recipe adapted from food.com

Makes approximately 50 cookies (can't quite remember now - sorry!)

225g butter
200g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon milk
280g plain flour
200g glace cherries, chopped
50 Hershey's Kisses
optional : granulated sugar
optional : red food colouring to get red cookies - perfect for Christmas :)

  • Preheat oven to 175C.
  • Grease and line 2 baking trays.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add the almond extract and milk.
  • Stir in the flour.
  • Finally fold in the chopped cherries.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to place round balls of dough spaced apart on your baking tray.
  • Gently indent the cookie with your thumb as shown above.
  • Sprinkle some granulated sugar before baking (this is optional)
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.
  • As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, place 1 Hershey's kiss in the middle of each cookie where the indentation is.
  • Allow to cool completely. 


32 comments:

  1. I love the combination, plus Hersheys just makes them even better! And they are the cutest cookies!

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    1. They are really cute. Sadly I'm not a huge fan of cherries and almond but I know it's very popular.

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  2. Oh, these do look good. I think the flavour combination sounds great! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'll send some over to you :) PS sorry I've been really slow with blog reading, lots going on.

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  3. These look delightful, i wonder if i can get a packet of those Hershey kisses, i feel the need to make a batch and eat the lot!

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    1. Yes they are available here - I saw them in Selfridges and I'm sure you can buy then online.

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  4. Such delightful, cute little cookies- no wonder they were a huge success! Meanwhile I'm off to out my thinking cap on for bakes beginning with 'T'!

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    1. Thanks! I really liked the look of them. Look forward to seeing your T bake :)

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  5. Love it :D

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  6. Ooo these look so cute! Making me hungry!

    Nom!

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  7. They do look fun! Thanks for entering We Should Cocoa this month :)

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  8. They do look stunning Ros with those peaky chocolate kisses in the middle. And thanks for entering WSC despite you not liking cherries. Or is it just cherries with chocoalte you don't like?

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    1. It's mainly the almond that I'm not fond of and I did think about not adding it in but cherry and almond is such a classic combination. I can manage cherry and chocolate but anything with almond extract or marzipan is a no.

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  9. Thumb print cookies are all the rage at the moment are they. I especially like that yours are a step above the normal offering. Lovely stuff ;0)

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    1. Thanks! They were really fun to make. I'm planning a peanut butter version next time so I can enjoy them :)

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  10. I love herseys and these cookies look absolutely delicious!

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  11. Amazing! Have always wanted to make thumbprint cookies, what a good idea for T. I just got gifted with a big bag of cookies and cream kisses yesterday so perhaps I'll give these a go! I love that you're so dedicated to the challenges cause that you made a flavour cookies you don't even like haha!

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    1. I've always wanted to make these too. I want to make a peanut butter cookie next time with a hersheys kiss :)

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  12. Oooh these look lovely! Cherries and chocolate go so well together :)

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  13. Lovely! A must-do recipe this weekend. I definitely can't wait to do this.

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  14. oooo i've always wanted to make these! look great!

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  15. What a great "T" entry! I already have one in mind... :)

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  16. Wow! These not only look delicious but sound fabulous too. YUM! :)

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