To make these cookies, grab your mixing bowl and electric beaters and beat the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Once you’ve reached that point, add in the vanilla extract and blend. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and salt together, and add the sugar-and-butter mixture a little bit at a time. Keep blending it together until everything has been added and the mixture is well-combined.
Next, roll the rough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, about an inch apart. When the cookie sheet is full, it’s time to add the “thumbprint” that gives this cookie its name! You can use either your thumb or knuckle to press a “thumbprint” into the center of each cookie, which makes a small indentation. Once you’ve done this for all of the cookies, pop your cookie sheet pan into a pre-heated (350 degree oven) for 20- 25 minutes. They are ready when they have turned a golden brown. Once the cookies are done, remove them with a spatula onto a wire cooling rack.
Once the thumbprint cookies have cooled, it’s time to add the white chocolate, as well as the vivid green that makes these cookies really perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
To do this, you’ll melt 6 squares of white chocolate almond bark, along with the sweetened condensed milk, in the microwave. Try heating it in 15 second intervals, checking and stirring it between each interval, until it has a smooth, creamy consistency. If it’s too thick, add a little bit more sweetened condensed milk!
When the white chocolate is the right consistency, add the green food coloring until you’ve achieved a vivid, shamrock green! Using this mixture, carefully fill in all of the thumbprint indentations of each cookie.
Once you’ve filled all of the centers, make some more of the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk mixture (by the same method as before) in the microwave, once again stopping every 15 seconds to stir the mixture until it’s smooth and creamy. Then take each cookie and roll the edges in the white chocolate and (immediately afterwards) in the green sprinkles.
After you do this, place each cookie onto a piece of parchment paper and let them set for at least an hour (until the chocolate is firm and dry). Once the chocolate is set, you are free to enjoy your Whimsical St. Patrick’s Day Thumbprint Cookies!
Do you plan to make these magical thumbprint cookies? We’re sure that anyone you share them with will feel pretty lucky this St. Paddy’s Day!
This delicious, beautiful and whimsical take on the classic thumbprint cookie is a perfect choice for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!