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chocolate cherry thumbprints


a very pretty holiday cookie - a ring of chocolate with a pink filling and a cherry in the center. plan ahead -these need an hour of chilling time. i use ghirardelli brand cocoa powder, which i think makes these extra rich.


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  1. Using an electric mixer
  2. Beat together butter and the granulated sugar until well blended
  3. Add cocoa powder and beat until combined
  4. Add egg and beat until mixed well
  5. Add half of the flour and mix just until combined
  6. Using a wooden spoon
  7. Stir in the remaining flour until well blended
  8. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or until easy to handle
  9. Beat cream cheese
  10. Powdered sugar
  11. And vanilla until smooth
  12. Fold in the chopped cherries
  13. Set aside
  14. Form chilled cookie dough into 48 balls
  15. Place about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets
  16. Then gently press each ball with your thumb to make a dent
  17. Fill each dent with 1 tsp of the filling
  18. Then top each with a cherry half
  19. Cut side down
  20. Bake in a preheated 375f for 10-12 minutes or until filling is set
  21. Let cool 1 minute on pans
  22. Then remove to racks to cool completely
  23. These must be stored in the refrigerator
  24. But you may bring them to room temperature to serve
  25. These freeze well

Step 16

Total Time in Minute 102

Ingredients Count 9

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Unsalted butter

Granulated sugar

Unsweetened cocoa powder


All-purpose flour

Neufchatel cheese

Powdered sugar

Vanilla extract

Maraschino cherries

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