We may be in the midst of Thanksgiving prep (those grocery stores are jam packed!) but it's Christmas that I can't get my mind off of. I'm always eager to get started on holiday baking! It's such a wonderful time of year; I only wish we had more time (I think two months would be perfect) between Thanksgiving and Christmas to stretch it out and enjoy it more. Short of moving to Canada where we can celebrate Thanksgiving in October, I guess we have to make do with our schedule. That means it's time to get started on cookies! I have old-favorites to make but I eased into my holiday baking with this batch of chocolate-chestnut thumbprint cookies, a chocolate chip cookie filled with chestnut cream.
|Chocolate chip thumbprint cookies filled with chestnut cream|
You might know that I love chestnuts, in all forms. If that's not the case for you or if you can't get your hands on chestnut cream ("crème de marrons"), you can also fill the cookie centers easily with a spoonful of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread (I bet you have that!). If you don't mind a little more work, I think a fudge filling like the one I used for the fudge oatmeal cookies would work beautifully.
I filled my thumbprints with chestnut cream as well as Nutella. If you find the kind of chestnut cream that comes in a tube, it makes filling the thumbprints so easy.
Between the two, the chestnut cream filling gives you a different flavor component, a milder kind of sweetness. It's a fun change and a little twist to the usual. The Nutella, or a chocolate filling, will give you more of a familiar, traditional chocolate chip cookie taste. Both are good. My husband and I liked the chestnut combination; the little one preferred the Nutella.
|The cookies up front are filled with Nutella|