If you need a chocolate fix these are the cookies for you. They are rich and chocolately and I love that the chocolate kisses stay soft. I also like that I can make these cookies right from the ingredient list (there is no sifting or combining ingredients before hand. Plus the cookies are a great Christmas Cookie tray addition. On the sprinkles, I do use them during the holidays but I try to stay away from them because of their "scary" list of ingredients.
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached flour
3/4 cup chocolate or multi color sprinkles - if desired
36 chocolate kisses unwrapped
Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, beat until combined scraping sides.
Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
Mix in the flour.
Chill dough for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
Scoop dough with a small cookie scoop or shape into 1 inch balls, roll in sprinkles if using and place on a parchment lined sheet pan 2 inches apart.
Bake for 6-8 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie.
Transfer to wire racks.