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Raspberry White Chocolate Thumbprints

Raspberry White Chocolate Thumbprints

These thumbprints are sweet and fruity with a buttery crunch (think: shortbread). And, if you want a chance to practice your chocolate drizzling skills (and who doesn't?) this is the perfect recipe for that. I have a solid thumbprint recipe that I go to, but you can always tinker with the ratio of butter/sugar depending on how soft/crunchy you like your cookies. Same goes with jam and chocolate--this recipe is versatile and works with just about any flavor combination. Strawberry + dark chocolate is also delicious. 

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
YIELD: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
6 ounces raspberry jam
3.5 ounces (1 bar) white chocolate 

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar until well blended and smooth. Add vanilla, salt, flour, mixing 1-2 minutes or until dough forms. 

Using a teaspoon (or cookie scoop) roll dough into a 2-inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet and, using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, make a depression in the center of each ball. (This depression will likely rise back up during baking, but you can re-press it immediately after you remove cookies from oven.) 

Bake 14-16 minutes or until light brown around the edges. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely before filling.

After cooled, carefully scoop raspberry jam into the center of each cookie.

For the white chocolate drizzle, use a double boiler or place a heatproof bowl on top of a small pan with a small amount of water in it. Bring the water to a simmer over low heat. Place chopped white chocolate in the bowl and stir frequently until melted, making sure no water touches the chocolate. Remove bowl from heat drizzle melted white chocolate over each cookie. Don’t worry, this part can be a bit messy, and as you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect. For me anyway, it takes a few cookies to get the drizzle just right. (Those will be your taste-test cookies). 

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