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Typically, thumbprint cookies are known as a holiday cookie, but I think it is just silly to limit our enjoyment of them to just a few months out of the year.
I don’t like to do things in a typical manner. I like to mix things up and think outside of the box… or in this case… the cookie. Usually, thumbprint cookies are made with shortbread-like dough, but personally, I think the base can be made out of anything. The most important part is that you have a thumb to make the thumbprint so the ooy-gooy ganache can puddle in the center of it. :)
Even though I used chocolate ganache to fill the cavity of this cookie, feel free to use any flavored jam that you like. Just make sure that you strain any liquid from it first. Strawberry, raspberry and apricot jams are particularly yummy with this cookie.
These cookies can be made well in advance but you need to take care when storing them. The ganache stays fairly soft so you can’t stack them. Even if frozen, the ganache will only firm up but not get hard. They are just down right delicious. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Blessings.
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