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A sweet chocolate cookie filled with creamy flavored peanut butter, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are one of my favorite easy Christmas cookie recipes!
I can’t tell you guys how excited I am for Christmas! It’s always been one of my favorite holidays but now that I have children it’s even better. To me the holidays are all about making memories and we’ve started some Christmas traditions that are just for us. My favorite is our Christmas Eve Kit. Every year I fill a basket full of Christmas Eve goodies like a warm fuzzy blanket, a family movie we can watch together, hot chocolate mix, and all of the ingredients we need to bake cookies for Santa. This year’s basket is all about peanut butter from Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa to Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies.
I usually let the kids open their Christmas Eve Kit in the afternoon so we can start our Christmas cookie baking before dinner and have warm cookies and hot chocolate while we watch our Christmas Eve movie. The kids love making thumbprint cookies and chocolate and peanut butter is one of our favorite flavor combinations so I am loading this year’s Christmas Eve Kit up with Peanut Butter & Co.® peanut butter.
If you’ve never tried it Peanut Butter & Co.® makes gourmet peanut butter and nut butter in flavors like Dark Chocolate Dreams® peanut butter (peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate) and The Bee’s Knees® peanut butter (peanut butter blended with golden honey). Those two happen to be my favorites. They are rich and creamy and I could just grab a spoon and dig in, but I won’t because they are going to be even better in chocolate thumbprint cookies!
Just look at those perfectly chocolaty, peanut buttery cookies with that irresistible drizzle on top! Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make which is perfect when I have two little helpers in the kitchen with me. It’s a simple chocolate cookie dough that you chill and roll into a ball. Then you dip each one in an egg wash (I handle this part) and then into a bowl of chopped peanuts using your hands to press the peanuts in a little before placing the balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet. Then comes the fun part, at least it’s my kids’ favorite part. We use the back of a teaspoon to make a deep indention in the middle of each cookie. You don’t want to go all the way through but you do want it to be deep enough that you won’t lose the indentation as the cookies bake and puff up a little. Don’t worry if the dough cracks a little it’s a part of thumbprint cookies and I think they look so good with all of those nooks and crannies.
When your Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies come out of the oven and are completely cooled it’s time for the peanut butter. I find the easiest way to fill the cookies is to scoop your Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter into a small microwave safe dish and then microwave it for 5 seconds at a time until it is a pour-able consistency. Then use a 1/2 teaspoon to fill the cookies with a mix of Peanut Butter & Co.® Dark Chocolate Dreams® peanut butter and Peanut Butter & Co.® The Bee’s Knees® peanut butter (or any other Peanut Butter & Co.® peanut butter flavor you like!). The peanut butter will firm back up as it cools.
Last but not least comes that beautiful chocolate drizzle. Microwave some chocolate chips with a little bit of shortening until they are melted and smooth. Then use a spoon to drizzle the tops of your Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies. The hardest part is waiting until the chocolate and peanut butter have firmed up before you eat one!
To keep us distracted while we wait for the cookies to be ready I’ve got one more surprise in our Chocolate Peanut Butter Christmas Eve Kit. Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa! This hot chocolate uses cocoa powder, sugar, whole milk, and Peanut Butter & Co.® Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. I got the Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter Vanilla because I usually add a little vanilla to my homemade hot chocolate but they have a variety of flavors including chocolate, and honey. All of the dry ingredients go in the basket and I just have to make sure to remember to buy milk! 😉
It’s a really simple hot cocoa recipe. You add the cocoa, sugar, and Peanut Butter & Co.® Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to a small saucepan along with a little water. You bring that to a boil and then add your whole milk (you can use any milk I just like how rich the whole milk makes this Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa) whisking everything together. You don’t want the milk to come to a boil so when the mixture is heated all the way through you can remove it from the heat.
t should be ready about the same time the cookies are and you can settle in for a fun family night. We always make sure to save a few of our cookies for Santa and we put them out on a plate for him before everyone heads to bed. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies left when we get up on Christmas morning :).
- 1 c All-purpose flour
- 1/2 c Cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 c Butter softened
- 2/3 c Sugar
- 1 Egg separated (save the egg white!)
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 c Peanuts finely chopped
- ½ c Peanut Butter & Co.® Dark Chocolate Dreams® peanut butter
- ½ c Peanut Butter & Co.® The Bee's Knees® peanut butter
- ½ c Chocolate Chips
- ¼ tsp Shortening
In a small bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
In large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Continue mixing until egg is incorporated.
Slowly add dry ingredients a half cup at a time until mixture comes together into a dough.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove from refrigerator and roll dough into 1 inch balls, approximately 1 ½ tablespoons of dough each.
Using your leftover egg white dip the bottom half of each dough ball into the egg white and then dip into a small bowl of chopped peanuts. Press the peanuts into the dough gently.
Use the back of a teaspoon to press a deep indentation in the middle of each cookie.
Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
Remove from oven and press the back of the teaspoon into each of the cookies to make sure the indentation is deep enough for the filling.
Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then move to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Once the cookies are cool place each peanut butter flavor in it’s own microwaveable dish and microwave for 5 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the peanut butter is a pourable consistency.
Using a ½ teaspoon fill the cookies with alternating flavors of peanut butter.
In another microwave safe dish combine the chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave 5 seconds at a time until they are melted and smooth.
Using a spoon drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.
Let cookies sit until chocolate and peanut butter have firmed up.
This rich and creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa is perfect for sipping on cold winter days.
- 2/3 c Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 c Sugar
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter & Co.® Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter, Vanilla
- 1/3 c Hot Water
- 4 c Whole Milk
In a saucepan combine cocoa powder, sugar, and Peanut Butter & Co.® Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter.
Add hot water and bring to a boil over medium high heat whisking constantly.
Once the water reaches a boil add the whole milk and continue whisking. Do NOT bring the milk to a boil. When the cocoa is heated through you can remove it from the heat and serve.
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