Gilded Chocolate Truffle Thumbprints Gilded Chocolate Truffle Thumbprints

Image: Canadian Living | Holiday Baking 2014

Gold decorating dust adds a touch of festive elegance, while a rich truffle filling makes these cookies as decadent as can be. Look for decorating dust in baking or craft supply stores.

  • Prep time 35 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Truffle Filling:


In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; sift in cocoa powder. Stir into butter mixture just until combined.

Roll by rounded 1 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Supporting opposing sides of 1 ball with 2 fingers, press opposite index finger into centre to create deep well. Pinch together any cracks around edge. Repeat with remaining balls.

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until no longer shiny, about 11 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.

Mix vodka with decorating dust; using soft fine-tip pastry brush, paint gold stripes across cookies. Let stand until dry, about 15 minutes.

Truffle Filling: Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, heat chocolate with cream, stirring, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

Spoon about 1/2 tsp of the truffle filling into well of each cookie; refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Makes about 25 cookies.

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Sodium 30 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 81.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 45 mg
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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