With Easter literally "hopping" up around the corner, it's time to start thinking about all the homemade Easter desserts and treats that need to be made! This year, you're going to want to add these Easter Thumbprint Cookies to your baking list.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Add the flour a little at a time until completely incorporated into the butter.
Remove the cookie dough from the mixer, wrap in waxed paper, and chill for one hour. After one hour, remove the dough, and roll about a Tablespoonful of dough into a ball, and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
With the knuckle of your finger, make an indentation into the cookie, so that if forms a dip in the center of the cookie, with an edge around the outside. SEE PHOTO.
Bake cookies for 18 - 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven, and cool on a wire rack.
Once the cookies are cooled; melt 4 squares of the white chocolate almond bark in the microwave, and dip the bottoms of the cookies into the chocolate, and then immediately into the Nonpareils, and sit them on parchment paper to set the chocolate.
Once the chocolate has set (about an hour) Melt the remainder of the white chocolate, in 4 separate small bowls and drop a drop of food coloring gel into the white chocolate, coloring it in pastel pink, purple, green, and blue. Place the pastel colored chocolate in the centers, or indentation of each cookie, and place one of the small edible bunnies on the top.
Makes approximately 3 - 4 dozen cookies
NOTE: You can make these in any pastel color you choose, so if you want to include yellow, orange/peach, aqua, or other colors, just buy the food coloring gel for the colors you prefer.