Chocolate Thumbprints with Peanut Butter Ganache

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Today, as I spend the first day of Christmas break with my children,
I cannot help but to think of the families of the 26 victims in last Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The families of  ~

Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Dawn Hochsprung, Charlotte Bacon and Rachel Davino

I’ve thought of them often these last seven days.

While we are enjoying this holiday season with our friends and loved ones, it seems  unfair that so  many families are grieving.

As a tribute to those who were taken too soon, and those that didn’t hesitate before rushing  to the aid of  the Sandy Hook Elementary staff and students, I am participating with SO many others in Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook.

The kids and I made thumbprint cookies, something I can remember making with my mother SO very long ago.

I always LOVED making them {who doesn’t love sticking their fingers into cookie dough}
but, I never really enjoyed eating them.

I found a recipe for chocolate thumbprint cookies @ Martha Stewart
and then decided to fill them with peanut butter ganache.

Chocolate and peanut butter are my kids absolute favorite!

We had a wonderful morning baking together, listening to Christmas music, and dancing around the kitchen,

and we will never forget 12/14/2012

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies:
from Martha Stewart

1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 stick of butter
2/3 cup of sugar {plus sugar for rolling}
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp cream
1 tsp vanilla

sift together the flour, cocoa and salt

cream together the butter and sugar
add in the egg, cream, and vanilla
gradually sift in the flour
mix just until combined

roll into balls {2 tsp sized}
roll the cookies in sugar

place in a parchment lined sheet
using your finger {or the end of a wooden spoon}
place indents into each cookie

bake @350 for 10 minutes

once cool fill with warm peanut butter ganache

PB ganache:
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/3 cup of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter

heat cream until hot {but not boiling}
pour over the chocolate chips and peanut butter
let sit for about a minute
whisk until smooth

fill the cookies while the ganache is still warm

May we all find peace this holiday season