Behold... Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache and Fruit Preserves! These will truly change your life!
We needed 1 more Christmas Cookie to round out this season of baking activities and these Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache and Fruit Preserves feel like the right move. I saw them over on Sally's Baking Addiction and needed to put my fruit preserved obsessed spin on them! They are easy to make, easier to eat, and filled with both ganache and fruit preserves to give them an extra pop!
So often you just fill a thumbprint cookie with one or the other, but we deserve more this year, wouldn't you say? Grab your favorite jar of preserves (I prefer raspberry or strawberry Bonne Maman) but truly anything would be amazing. Fig jam - heck yes! Blueberry - why not! Apricot jam - bring it on!! Orange marmalade - fair game. You get the idea!
Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache and Preserves
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (measure by spooning the flour into the measuring cup and leveling)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temp
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ⅔ cup white sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon chocolate extract
- 2 teaspoons milk or nut milk
For the Fill
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon chocolate extract
- 1 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves (Bonne Maman is my go-to)
- Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar, and ⅓ cup granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes Add the egg, vanilla extract, and chocolate extract and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute more. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the milk, and mix on low until combined. The cookie dough will be thick.
- Roll balls of dough, approx 1 tablespoon each, and roll each into remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar. Place cookie dough balls onto a large lined baking sheet. Using your thumb, make an indent into each cookie. Chill the shaped cookies for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator or 1 hour in the freezer
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove chilled and shaped cookies from the refrigerator. Divide between both baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven. The indents will have lost some shape or have puffed up, so use the end of a spatula to make an indent again into the warm cookies. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before filling with ganache
For the Filling
- Place chocolate into a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to gently simmer. Pour over chocolate chips and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate. Slowly stir until completely combined and chocolate has melted. Stir in the chocolate extract. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
- Spoon 1 teaspoon of the preserves into the cookie indentation followed by 1 teaspoon of ganache. Let the ganache harden before serving.
Recipe lightly adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction who is legit the QUEEN of desserts!