Celebrating the Christmas Holidays

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, traditions tend to be a big part of that time of year. toffee thumbprint cookies

Growing up, my mother always baked special cookies at Christmas time, and my sister and I always include those recipes in our line-up annually.   However, we are both on the lookout for new ideas to add to the collection, and here is one that we will be trying this year! (The recipe comes from Hersheycanada.com)

Toffee Thumbprint Cookies (makes 6 dozen)

Cookies:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened

8 oz (250 grams) plain, brick-style cream cheese

2 large eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 pkg (200 grams) Chipits Skor toffee bits

Filling:

1/4 cup 35% whipping cream

3/4 cup Chipit Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp corn syrup

Beat sugar, butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and add to the cream cheese mixture - mix until well combined. Stir in toffee bits and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat over 350 F. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Use the end of a large wooden spoon to make an indentation in the centre of each ball. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden. Remove from the oven and reinforce the indents again. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Filling: Meanwhile, heat the cream until steaming. Pour over chocolate chips; whisk until melted and smooth. Stir in the corn syrup. Spoon about 1/2 tsp (2 mL) into each cooled cookie. Let stand until set. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

If you are looking for other recipes to help celebrate the season, one of our most popular blog posts is another recipe – for Red Velvet Waffles.

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