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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Your entire family will be delighted with this uniquely delicious Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies recipe. A chewy, decadent 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.

Top down view of a cooling rack filled with chocolate thumbprint cookies rolled in nuts and topped with filling and a chocolate candy kiss.

My 96-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!

  • Make-Ahead Convenience. Dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated.
  • Unique and Enticing. Perfect for holiday cookie platters.
  • Impressive. This cookie looks way more complicated than it actually is. Wow your guests! Everyone will want the recipe.

Equipment Needed To Make The Chocolate Kiss Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Ingredients For Your Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients used to make chocolate blossom cookies including flour, sugar, eggs, butter, nuts, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and candy kisses
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie Ingredients.
  • Butter. You can use salted or unsalted for this recipe.
  • Sugar. White sugar.
  • Egg. I recommend large eggs. Separate the egg. You will use the yolk in the dough and the egg white for rolling the cookie.
  • Cocoa Powder. I like this one but use what you like.
  • Cream. Milk or half and half will also work.
  • Vanilla Extract. This is my favorite brand.
  • 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 recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

How To Make Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Step 1: Cream the liquids.

Beat the butter, sugar, egg yolk, cream, and vanilla for three minutes or until light and fluffy.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients.

Use a whisk to mix the flour, salt, and cocoa in a separate bowl.

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 until frothy.

Step 6: Roll the cookie and bake.

Scoop and roll the cookies into balls. Roll in egg whites and then nuts. Place the rolled cookies on a baking sheet and indent them with the back of a measuring spoon or another round object. Be careful not to go through the bottom of the cookie and bake.

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.

Side view of a cookie rolled in nuts and topped with a chocolate chany kiss.

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

Can thumbprint cookie dough be refrigerated overnight?

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.

How do I keep my thumbprint cookies from cracking?

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. 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.
Top down view of a chocolate kiss cookies rolled in nuts with a bite taken out of one of the cookies.

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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Your entire family will be delighted with this unique delicious Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie recipe. A chewy, decadent cookie rolled in nuts.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 31 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 26

Ingredients
 
 

Cookie Dough Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened, salted or unsalted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg – separated
  • 2 tbsp cream – milk and half and half also work
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 tbsp cream – milk and half and half also work
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 26 dark chocolate kisses – unwrapped (can also use milk chocolate kisses)

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, cream, and vanilla together until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl sift the flour, salt, and cocoa together.
  • 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  • Whip the egg white with a whisk or fork until frothy.
  • Using a 1-tablespoon-sized scoop, scoop dough and roll it into balls. Roll each ball in the egg white and then roll it in the chopped nuts.
    Place the cookie ball on a baking sheet and press an indentation with your thumb or the end of a round utensil into the center of the cookie.
    Repeat until you have 12 cookies on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the center is set.
  • While the cookies are baking, whisk the 1st 4 ingredients under "Filling" together.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and if necessary, re-indent the cookie with the back of a round utensil such as a measuring spoon or wooden spoon. Be careful not to go through the cookie.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Table view of a thumbprint cookie with chocolate kisses and rolled in nuts.
Recipe Rating




Radha

Friday 25th of November 2022

oooh these look SO YUM! I love the way how you rolled them with nuts. These are a winner here.

Julie Menghini

Friday 25th of November 2022

Thank you, Radha!

Rebecca

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Mmmmm, perfectly baked and spot on flavors and textures. Love these!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Thank you, Rebecca!

Donna

Saturday 19th of November 2022

How much cocoa do you add? I don't see it in the recipe.

Julie Menghini

Monday 21st of November 2022

I must have written this one in my sleep. I used 1/3 cup of cocoa. Heading over to update the recipe. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Inger

Monday 14th of November 2022

Thumbprint cookies are always tasty but you've made them so pretty too!

Kathryn

Sunday 13th of November 2022

I love these chocolate thumbprint cookies with the kiss in the middle! These are the perfect holiday cookie! They are gorgeous too :)

Julie Menghini

Monday 14th of November 2022

Thank you!