These are intended to be a vegan substitute for those classic bake-sale cookies that have a Hershey's kiss or peanut butter cup pressed in the middle. With peanut butter stirred right into the chocolate, it tastes like a mix of the two.
Unlike jam thumbprints, you don't really want to fill these before baking. After is better.
|Vegan Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, fresh from the oven|
Vegan Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Your favorite vegan cookie recipe—can be sugar cookies, shortbread, peanut butter cookies, chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies, etc—scaled to make about 18 cookies.
heaping 1/3 cup chocolate or carob chips
2 Tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1-3 Tbsp soymilk
Bake cookies as usual. While they are still warm and soft, press the back of a ½ teaspoon into the middle of each cookie to form an indentation.
|Oatmeal cookies, with indentations|
Microwave chocolate/carob chips, peanut butter, and soy milk together for 1 to 1½ minutes, stirring and mashing every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
Spoon the chocolate mixture into the indentations in the cookies. Let them cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
Note: Use the smaller amount of soymilk for firm, Hershey’s kiss-like chocolate centers. Use the higher amount for soft, ganache-like centers.
|Cooling and setting|
Variation: Sprinkle the chocolate centers with chopped nuts, coconut flakes or crushed candy canes before the chocolate filling sets, or press a vegan marshmallow on top.