Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Mocha Melt Filling

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Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mocha Melt Filling

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder


In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture; beat on low speed until just blended. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

Position the racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees . Roll 2 tsp. of dough into a 1-inch ball. Repeat with the remaining dough, dividing the balls between two parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball.

Bake the cookies until firm but not browned, switching and rotating the sheets halfway through baking, 13 to 15 minutes. If the indentions puff up during baking, lightly press them down again with your thumb. Transfer the cookies to a rack and let cool completely.

Microwave chocolate chips at 50 percent power in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until just melted. In another bowl, microwave cream and espresso powder on high in 15-second increments until just steaming; mix into chocolate. Spoon a scant teaspoon into cookies before the chocolate sets and let stand or chill until set. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.