I live with a potato sack who, not only does not appreciate sweets and desserts, but hassles me to sleep....at 9:40PM! Not only is said person messing with my creative genius but he doesn't even enjoy the goodies I make. I bet Einstein's wife never hassled him to go to bed when he was working on his theory of relativity! Luckily for me, there are plenty of other victims...er...I mean volunteers who are willing to play guinea pig for the things I make. And now back to your regularly scheduled program.
I got this recipe from TS and JS of Eating Club Vancouver. It's a Martha Stewart recipe (my hero!except for the whole prison thing...) and it was super easy to make. I used a milk chocolate ganache and a raspberry chocolate ganache to fill the thumbprints and I have to admit, I am an absolute genius (I didn't create the theory of relativity but isn't delicious food just as important?!)! The raspberry chocolate ganache was absolutely divine! Smooth, creamy, sweet but not overwhelmingly so, with the dreaminess of raspberry that just skims the palette. I don't even like chocolate and I was tempted to eat the whole bowl of raspberry ganache with a spoon. I had some left over after filling the thumbprints and I'll use it to make raspberry chocolate truffles. And I know who won't be getting any either ;)! The recipe says it makes 70. I got about 60 out of the batch using a tablespoon but you can make them smaller or larger as you please.
Chocolate Thumbprints from Martha Stewart Living magazine
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons coarse salt (like kosher)
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350◦ Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a small bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium, and add yolks, cream and vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.
2. Roll balls using 2 teaspoons dough for each, and roll each in sugar. Place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are set, about 10 minutes. (If indentations lose definition, press centers again.) Let cool slightly on baking sheets. Transfer cookies on wire racks, and let cool.
3. Spoon warm ganache into center of each cookie. Let stand until firm, about 15 minutes. Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.
Raspberry Chocolate Ganache
4oz milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces
175ml heavy cream
1-3 tablespoons raspberry jam
1. Heat cream in a small pot until boiling.
2. Add cream to chocolate and let sit for 1 minute.
3. Gently stir chocolate and cream mixture until well mixed. The consistency should be smooth and not too thick.
4. Add raspberry jam to taste. I used 3 tablespoons because I wanted a strong raspberry flavour, but you can add 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the right flavour.
5. Spoon into thumbprint. If you find it a little bit too runny, you can refrigerate for 30 minutes until it thickens and then spoon our pipe ganache into cookies.
For the chocolate ganache, do the same as above but omit raspberry jam.