If you like a classic thumbprint cookie, you’re going to go nuts over our Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie recipe. A rich and chewy cookie rolled in nuts and topped with a Hershey’s Kiss, this cookie has a special filling that takes it over the top and makes it a cookie to remember.
My 97-year-old mother-in-law and I have always shared our love for cooking including gifting each other subscriptions to Taste Of Home cookbooks. She gave me this recipe years ago but I believe that’s where she got it. It’s such a great recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Kiss Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
- Make-Ahead Convenience. Dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated.
- Deliciously Impressive. We love the traditional thumbprint cookie with Hersheys Kisses, but these dark chocolate thumbprint cookies are a chocolate lovers dream. They make the perfect Christmas cookie and are always the first to disappear. Look ahead to Valentine’s Day and make these chocolate cookies for that special someone.
Chocolate Kiss Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Ingredients
With just a handful of ingredients that you more than likely already have in your pantry, you could be munching on these delicious cookies in no time.
- Butter. We used room temperature unsalted butter for this recipe, but salted will work too.
- Sugar. White sugar.
- Egg. Large eggs are what we use for consistency. Separate the egg. You will use the yolk in the dough and the egg white for rolling the cookie.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. We sift our cocoa powder with the dry ingredients which makes it easier to blend.
- Heavy Cream. Milk or half and half will also work.
- Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla is what we prefer. It’s so aromatic and adds a delicious flavor. You can use what you prefer.
- All-Purpose Flour. Use a gluten-free one-for-one substitute if needed.
- Salt. This is one cookie you will definitely want to intensify the flavor! So much yumminess.
- Chopped Walnuts. Other kinds of nuts will also work.
Filling Ingredients for the Chocolate Kiss Thumbprint Cookie
- Powdered Sugar. Confectioner’s sugar.
- Butter. Softened.
- Cream. Milk or half and half also work
- Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla is always best.
- Dark Chocolate Kisses. Use milk chocolate if you have a strong preference. Otherwise, I encourage you to try the dark chocolate version.
Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.
How To Make Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
We use an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment whenever we cream butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.
Step 1: Cream the liquids.
Beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes). Add the egg yolk, cream, and vanilla mix until blended.
Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and sifted cocoa together.
Step 3: Combine.
With the mixer on low, spoon the flour mixture in with the butter mixture until combined. The batter will be thick. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Step 4: Get ready for baking.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
Step 5: Whisk the egg white.
Whip the egg white with a whisk or fork in a small bowl until frothy.
Step 6: Roll the cookie and bake.
Scoop the dough using a small cookie scoop and roll dough into balls. Roll the cookie dough balls in egg whites followed by the crushed nuts. Place the rolled cookies on a cookie sheet and indent the center of each cookie with the back of a measuring spoon or another round object. Be careful not to go through the bottom of the cookie and bake. Cool completely on a wire rack before filling.
Step 7: Prepare the filling while the chocolate thumbprint cookies are baking.
Mix the first four ingredients.
Step 8: Add the filling after the cookies are finished baking.
Remove the cookies from the oven. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the filling into the indentation of each cookie and carefully top it with a candy kiss. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- Change out the type of nuts
- Use coconut instead of nuts.
- Use a peanut butter kiss or other variety.
- Skip the nuts and roll them in sprinkles for a Halloween or Christmas-inspired cookie.
How To Reheat & Store Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Best Way To Store Thumbprint Cookies With Chocolate Kisses
These cookies are best stored at room temperature in a single layer in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
How Long Will Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Last In the Fridge?
If you refrigerate these cookies they may get hard and inedible because of the filling and the chocolate. I recommend storing them at room temperature.
Can I Freeze Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Yes. Freeze your cookies on a sheet pan in a single layer. Once frozen, you can combine them all into a single airtight container, They will keep for up to 3 months.
How To Reheat This Chocolate Kiss Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
Thaw the cookies at room temperature or reheat the cookie in the microwave. Ten seconds is usually enough to refresh a slightly stale cookie. For a frozen cookie, microwave in ten second increments until thawed to your liking.
Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies FAQs
Yes. This recipe requires a minimum of 1 hour, overnight is fine. Chocolate Thumbprint cookies are fluffier and will hold their shape if chilled. Don’t bring them to room temperature before baking.
Allowing the cookie to form a crust before indenting or pressing too hard can cause cracking. I recommend that only a few cookies be rolled at a time before indenting so they don’t form a crust. You can always do damage control by pushing the cracks together before baking. Also, the crushed nuts will cover up most of the cracks.
Tips to Make the Perfect Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Don’t press too hard when indenting the cookies, the bottom will become too shallow to hold the filling and is more apt to crack.
- Make sure the dough is chilled which will keep these cookies from spreading too much.
- If the cookies lose their indentations upon baking, you can lightly press the center of them again immediately after you take them out of the oven. I use the flat end of a wooden spoon or kitchen utensil or even a 1⁄4 measuring spoon.
- Let the cookies cool a little before adding the filling. That will also help keep the chocolate kiss from melting too much.
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