31 Days of Cookies: Hazelnut Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

Fill hazelnut shortbread cookies with hazelnut-chocolate ganache for a rich take on the traditional holiday thumbprint cookie.
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On the 22nd day of cookies, our guest blogger turns a favorite flavor combo into this dark, rich twist on a classic.

Thumbprint cookies are classic holiday treats that seem to make an appearance in every dessert spread. In this recipe, rather than fill the cookies with jam, I updated the flavors by utilizing one of my favorite pairings: chocolate and hazelnut. I added hazelnut meal to a traditional buttery shortbread cookie to give the cookies nutty flavor and a lovely crumbly texture. The thick ganache is dropped into the center of each cookie with a sprinkling of flaked sea salt, so while these cookies might be less flashy than their jewel-toned counterparts, they will become your party’s sleeper hit.

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Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things.

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