This week Mike of Ugly Food Dude selected Thumbprints For Us Big Guys on page 164.  I can’t say that thumbprint cookies have ever been a favorite of mine, but I was looking forward to giving these ones a shot.  Primarily because cookies are nicely portable and easy to share with my co-workers whom I have been horribly neglecting on the baking front recently.

As I’m sure you can see (and likely are not surprised by) I put a chocolate spin on these cookies.  What might surprise you is that I actually did not intend to make the cookie dough itself chocolate (I did plan on a Nutella filling, but I was originally going to leave the cookie as is).

I really can’t explain why, but the dough for these cookies turned out so incredibly loose that there was simply no way I was going to be able to roll it into balls, never mind expect it to hold an imprint of any kind.  So, I slapped the bowl back on the mixer and tossed some cocoa powder into the mix (somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup – I really didn’t measure, just added it until the dough looked right to me).  The dry cocoa powder firmed up the dough enough to be able to roll it and have it hold its shape both pre and post baking.

I decided to make 3 varieties of these cookies:

1) Raspberry jam filling

2) Nutella filling

3) Nutella and Raspberry jam filling (I brushed Nutella in the depression and then filled with jam)

It turns out that the chocolate flavor in the cookie itself was somewhat subtle so I actually didn’t mind the raspberry filling too much although my preference (big surprise) was for the Nutella filling.  “Prince Charming” preferred the plain raspberry filling but said they were all good – he did mention that he thought a real chocolate filling would have been good too.  Personally I would have preferred these with a more tender cookie – I’m generally not a big fan of shortbread which is essentially what these were – but overall they were not bad at all.

Thank you to Mike for hosting this week – make sure you check out his blog for the full recipe.  As always, spend some time exploring the TWD blogroll for more variations on thumbprint cookies.