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Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

March 11, 2013

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: The 7 reasons you should make these cookies, right now.

Almond Thumbprints

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Seven reasons why you should make Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt tonight. 

1. You asked your hostess what you can bring tonight, assuming she would say “just your smile” so you could settle into a marathon of House of Cards but to your mild horror she sent back a panicked email looking for dessert. 

2. You have left over almond meal you’ve been dying to get rid of. 

3. You have no eggs.

4. A friend has recently brought you homemade jam, caramel that is so addictive you might not make it into work for a few weeks or some other confection in search of a thumbprint that you will substitute for the chocolate. 

5. You make it as written; chocolate + salt always = thank you.

6. They last all week. 

7. You have decided to stay home and stare out the window and mind-will your neighbor to mow his lawn. This will require a snack. 

Almond Thumbprints

Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt by EmilyC

¾ cup almond meal
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature + 2 tablespoons (for chocolate filling)
finely grated zest from 1 small lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons golden syrup or light corn syrup
sea salt, to taste

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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ATG117 March 11, 2013
Because Passover's on the brain, I have to say these would be perfect for the holiday too.
zahavah March 12, 2013
I was thinking the exact same thing based on the ingredient list....but when you click on the recipe, it contains flour. Perhaps you can sub matzah meal for flour...
Jestei April 8, 2013
sadly not KFP but really good the rest of the year. and perfect for egg allergy folks.
Januche March 11, 2013
What can I say, your columns are a hoot!
Jestei April 8, 2013
thank you!!
EmilyC March 11, 2013
Jenny -- what a nice surprise to see these in your column! Happy they helped you with all seven things above, especially #7 (very funny!).
Jestei April 8, 2013
love them
JennyMac March 11, 2013
Hi, quick question, where did your almond meal come from. What exactly is it?
Jestei March 11, 2013
Ground almonds, which you can do yourself or Trader Joe's sells it.