Basically, these are a thumbprint cookie that I used a Caramel Kisses in the center instead of jam and I made it chocolate to look like the asphalt!
Psychedelic Witches Embedded in Asphalt cookies!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1 bag Hershey Kisses (I used caramel, but your choice!)
Orange Fine Sanding Sugar
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the two egg yolks, saving the egg whites for later, and mix thoroughly.
Mix the flour, cocoa and salt in a small bowl, then, add to the creamed mixture and mix on low until combined.
Use a fork to whisk the two egg whites, which will be used to dip the dough into to adhere the sprinkles. Use a 1-tablespoon size scoop for measure and roll the dough into a ball, then, dip into the whisked egg whites and finally into the chocolate sprinkles.
To have a "place" for the Kisses, use a large wooden or metal spoon handle (or your thumb!) to create an indentation. I used my metal ladle.
Bake in the preheated oven for 11 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately place a Kiss in the center. Let set a few minutes, then, sprinkle with Orange Fine Sugar.