The basic shape of these cookies belies the sophisticated combination of flavors provided by chocolate-studded shells and delectably creamy chestnut centers.



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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium until fluffy. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and salt; beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour, and beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate. (Dough can be frozen, wrapped in plastic, up to 1 month; thaw before using.)

  • Form dough into 1-inch balls; place on parchment-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Using thumb or rounded end of a wooden spoon or dowel, make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill each with about 1 teaspoon creme de marrons or Nutella. Place in freezer or refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes.

  • Bake until edges are golden and cookies are firm, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Martha has also prepared this recipe by making the cookies smaller: Use a 1 1/4-inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon. Drop dough onto baking sheets lined with Silpats and roll into 1 1/4-inch balls, spacing about 2 inches apart. Fill each thumbprint with 1/2 teaspoon creme de marrons. (You'll need 6 tablespoons of creme de marrons instead of 1/4 cup.)

Reviews (2)

25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
I don't understand how these don't have a higher rating. I've been making these every year for my Christmas party and they are always a huge hit. I do them with Nutella. Last year I decided to try a different cookie and there was a revolt. This year I'll go back to these. They are very easy and soooo yummy. I usually double the recipe because they don't make a lot.
Rating: Unrated
These are my favorite cookies to make with Nutella. I always make them for the holidays...and it's always #1 with kids. I love how this recipe doesn't need a lot of sugar, and enough chocolate :-).