Chocolate Orange Thumbprint Cookies


  • 2 sticks butter room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice freshly squeezed

for the ganache

  • 2 tbsp cream*
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped


  1. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and orange juice until combined.

  2. Mix in dry ingredients, including zest, just until the dough is formed.

  3.  Roll the dough into 1 tbsp sized balls. Using the end of a spatula (or your thumb), and make a well in each cookie. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

  4. While the cookies are cooling, make your ganache. Chop your chocolate and put it in a heat safe bowl. Heat cream on the stove top until it just begins to simmer. Pour over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.

  5. Pour the ganache into a piping bag and pipe enough ganache into each cookie to fill the well. 

Recipe Notes

*we used coconut cream, but heavy cream will work just as well!