Dark and intense, these aren’t your ordinary macaroon cookies.
These deep, rich, chocolate macaroon thumbprint cookies are one of my favorites to make around the holidays. With just a handful of ingredients they require a minimal amount of fuss to make and bake which is always welcome during the season when days seem to pass at a lightning fast pace.
These little cookies are just a little crispy around the edges and nice and chewy on the insides from the shredded coconut. The centers are filled with smooth bittersweet chocolate for an extra chocolate punch.
Shaping these into thumbprint cookies is by no means required (if you’re really pressed for time you can just make traditional macaroon shapes) but the chocolate filling really takes them to another level of chocolaty goodness so I’d highly recommend it. And while you’re at it splurge and use a good quality chocolate, something more on the bittersweet side; I promise it’s worth it.
The batter comes together in a flash over a saucepan filled with water; then you just scoop small mounds onto a baking sheet and press down the centers to make indentations for the chocolate filling. They may seem a bit soft when they first come out of the oven, but they firm up as they cool so be sure not to over bake them.
A little sprinkle of fleur de sel across the top brings out the complexity in the chocolate without stealing the spotlight, but it’s entirely optional.
Rich, dense and almost truffle-like in intensity these cookies are a chocolate lovers dream come true!
What are your favorite holiday cookies?