Hershey's Chocolate Chips Thumbprint Cookies
makes 2 1/2 dozen
1 cup chocolate chips--I used dark chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg, separated
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts--I used walnuts and almonds
(If you really want to behold something spectacular...click on the cookie for a close-up. It's magnificent. I could look at it all day.)
-Oven to 350.
-Melt 1/4 cup of the chocolate in small bowl either in microwave or double-boiler; set aside to cool slightly.
-Combine sugar, shortening, butter, reserved melted chocolate, egg yolk, and vanilla; beat until well blended.
-Stir in flour and salt.
-Shape into one inch balls.
-With fork, slightly beat egg white in small bowl.
-Dip each cookie ball into egg white and then roll in nuts to coat.
-Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheet--parchment paper is
-Press center of each cookie with thumb to make an indention.
-Bake 10-17 minutes til set--don't over bake! The actual recipe say it only takes 10 to 12 minutes to set, but in my oven at my altitude, it took about 17...Give or take.
-Remove from oven and immediately place about 5 chocolate chips in thumbprint of each cookie; after several minutes, swirl melted chocolate chips with a toothpick.
-EAT!..best when warm...if you ask me. If you can't eat them all while they're still warm, microwave them for a few seconds when you get to 'em.
I'm inlove with this cookie. I get a deep inner stirring of joy when I eat them.
If I become a cookie in my next life, I will find one of these cookies to wed.