Chocolate Mint Thumbprints
This is such a great dessert for St. Patrick's Day! I've never seen thumbprint cookies made this way, and they were so delightfully soft and chewy. Plus, mint and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combos. I used Mom On Timeout's recipe to create these chocolate mint thumbprints!
What You'll Need
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon mint extract
- several drops of green gel food color
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Here are the ingredients we'll be using.
Combine the cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl. Add the mint extract and gel food color and mix. Slowly start adding the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until everything is combined.
Get out some parchment paper and start scooping out the dough onto the paper. Mom on TimeOut used a teaspoon scooper for these while I used a tablespoon scooper. Your choice! Roll each scoop into a ball with your hands.
This is really embarrassing but I made the whole mixture and then realized I forgot the mint extract. I had gotten halfway through scooping these little guys and then had the "oh s**t" moment, put it all back in the bowl, and then remixed everything real quick.
Use the end of a wooden spoon or rounded measuring item to create "thumbprint" indents into each cookie.
Afterwards, put the cookies in the fridge to solidify for an hour.
While the cookies are firming up we can get the ganache ready! Put the chocolate chips into a mixing bowl. I added 1/4 tsp of mint extract to make the cookies extra minty.
With a saucepan, turn the stove to medium heat and pour in the heavy whipping cream. Bring it to a simmer, stirring frequently.
Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Stir it once or twice and then let it sit for a few minutes. After sitting, stir the chocolate until the cream and chocolate is incorporated.
There we go! We're ready to add these to the thumbprint cookies. I feel like I could have gotten the cream a touch hotter because I had a few tiny clumps of chocolate in the ganache.
Pour the ganache into a plastic baggie. Let it sit for ~30 mins, or until the ganache has reached a thicker yogurt consistency. Optional- you can place it in the fridge but watch out for it getting too firm to work with.
Take the thumbprint cookies out the fridge.
Cut the tip of the plastic bag so you can start pouring out the chocolate ganache. Carefully pipe the chocolate ganache into each thumbprint. You can shake the cookies gently to even out the top of the ganache filling.
And you're all set! Tasty, no-bake desserts that get the green go-ahead for St. Patty's Day, or any day; chocolate is always good. :P
Holy lighting change batman! I took them out the next morning for more natural light vs my camera flash.