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1. Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla in medium bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. With fork, beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Press thumb gently in center of each cookie.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, prepare VANILLA FILLING. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon filling into each thumbprint. Gently press chocolate piece in center of each cookie. Cool completely. Makes about 24 cookies.
VANILLA FILLING: Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon softened butter or margarine, 2 teaspoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl; beat until smooth.
VARIATION: Omit egg white and chopped nuts. Roll balls in granulated sugar. Bake as directed. Top with VANILLA FILLING and pecan or cherry half.
I like to use Hugs... the white frosting and the Kiss melt down and they look even more festive
I made this especially for my 86 year old Dad that lives in an adult foster care home with 6 other elderly folks. Normally he's good at sharing, but he says there's no way he's sharing these because they are so delicious! I made half of them with nuts and half with these pretty metallic sprinkles. They were just as pretty as they were delicious.
Everyone loves this cookie and it looks great on a plate. I usually roll in sugar before baking. You can also color the frosting. yum.
I made these cookies last year, but added some of my own variations. Instead of rolling the cookies in chopped nuts, I used shredded coconut. I replaced the vanilla filling with vanilla frosting (I had run out of ingredients and had to make do... but it was a hit) and used caramel and cherry cordial kisses instead of regular milk chocolate ones. The dessert was a huge success and I will definitely be making them again this year!
I've baked this cookie for many years and it is always a favorite. It seems that I can never make enough.
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