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White Chocolate Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

It’s funny how little things can trigger memories. For example, the other day I was at Target when I spotted the seasonal strawberry shortcake coffee that Dunkin Donuts makes, and my mind was instantly transported to San Diego since that’s where the hubby and I were last year during Valentine’s Day. I had bought the strawberry coffee to try it out since I was in the Valentine’s spirit, and since I figured it would be much better than the coffee our hotel provided (it was). And, while I didn’t have an oven to do any Valentine’s baking last year (I had plenty of amazing guest posters to make up for that!), I’m whipping up a few things this time around, including these delightful strawberry thumbprints. If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, feel free to substitute milk or dark chocolate for the ganache; you can use a seedless raspberry jam instead of strawberry if you’d like as well. Just make these for someone special in your life, and enjoy them together!

For the ganache:

To make the ganache, pour the chocolate into a medium-sized bowl. In a saucepan, scald the cream (bring it almost to a boil). Turn off the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Then, to speed the cooling process, pour the ganache into a room-temperature bowl. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until almost firm.

To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and jam. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the jam mixture. Roll the dough into 1″ balls and press to slightly flatten them. Using the back of a teaspoon, press a small hole in the center of each cookie. Place the cookies an inch apart on the baking sheets.

Bake about 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Once cooled, fill the cookies with the chocolate ganache. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Posted by on February 5, 2013.

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23 Responses

  1. These look so delicious, fantastic V-Day idea!

    by Crystal on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

  2. These look AMAZING! Cannot wait to try for Valentine’s Day. Thank you 🙂

    by KdHeeb on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  3. Oh my goodness, how adorable are these? Such a great combination of strawberry and white chocolate!!

    by Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  4. So cute! I love their light pink hue!

    by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  5. ummm – YES PLEASE!!! {drooling!}

    by Susan on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  6. I love, love, love this flavor combination! White chocolate is the best 🙂 I bet these would be fantastic with the raspberry jam you mentioned too.

    by Tracey on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

  7. I love how gentle pink the cookies are. So pretty.

    by Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  8. I love making thumbprint cookies, and these are so festive for Valentine’s Day! Love this idea!

    by Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on Feb 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  9. Thumbprint cookies are awesome! The filling is like little pockets of gold inside a cookie 🙂

    by Becca- Cookie Jar Treats on Feb 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  10. These are so pretty!

    This is exactly what I want for desserts on V-Day: light pink cookies with WHITE CHOCOLATE! mmmm!

    by DessertForTwo on Feb 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  11. Very festive for Valentines Day! These look absolutely gorgeous.

    by Candice on Feb 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  12. What delicious little cookies! Can’t wait to try them!

    by Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  13. @Sugarcrafter what is the texture of the cookie? is it crunchy or chewy? Thanks.

    by Candice on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  14. Candice – They are soft, like butter cookies. Hope that helps!

    by Tracy on Feb 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  15. Love anything strawberry, so I am so making these! Question, though…if the ganache chills in the fridge ’til firm, how do you get it in the cookie so nicely? I’m not understanding what it will be liking coming out of the fridge and how to fill each cookie. Thanks!

    by Tracey on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  16. I’ve never had white chocolate ganache, but seeing as I’m totally obsessed with regular ganache, I can’t see why I wouldn’t love this too!

    They so cute. I’d like a few in my pocket!

    by Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on Feb 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

  17. Tracey – My ganache still had a spreadable consistency to it; however, if it is too firm when it comes out of the refrigerator, simply warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds. Hope that helps!

    by Tracy on Feb 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  18. Man do I love thumbprint cookies!! ooo a combo of raspberry and chocolate ganache would be heavenly!!

    by Stephchows on Feb 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  19. What a pretty Valentine’s Day treat! I love that you baked strawberry jam into the dough – I bet this gives the thumbprint a whole new level of deliciousness! Very tasty indeed!

    by Julia on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

  20. So dainty. These would be wonderful with Valentine’s Day tea…or my afternoon tea right now.

    by Shaina on Feb 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  21. These are so pretty, Tracy! The only problem is, you mentioned filling these with milk or dark chocolate ganache, or raspberry jam, and now I want a cookie that has *all* of these in the thumbprint! Ha!

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  22. These are so pretty! I think a tea party with my girls is in order now!

    by Allison on Feb 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  23. May I ask how many of these angels does this recipe yield?

    by Vivian on Jul 31, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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