24 Thumbprint Cookie Recipes to Add to Your Holiday Baking List
Cookies are great any time of year, but you can't deny that the holiday season kicks cookie fantasies into full gear. Whether you're looking for a cookie that'll stand out at the cookie swap or just something to dunk into your hot cocoa, these thumbprint cookie recipes will add a lot of flavor and fun to your cookie platters this year.
Candy Cane Thumbprints
Celebrate the season with these festive Candy Cane Thumbprint cookies.
Caramel Apricot Thumbprint Cookies
Cherry Blossom Thumbprint Cookies
These buttery thumbprint cookies offer a faint cherry flavor in the cookie itself and the most stunning pop of pale pink, along with a delicate taste of cherry blossom, in the jam filling. These elegant thumbprint cookies are almost too pretty to eat (although we’re sure you’ll find a way), and would make the perfect sweet finish to a bridal shower or dinner party. Cherry blossom jelly is a specialty product we ordered online, but we found it to be worth the extra bit of effort and expense for a special occasion. However, you could fill these cookies with whatever flavored jam you like. Alternatively, we also tested the recipe using chocolate kisses instead of a jam, and this is also a delicious option. The chocolate makes a very tasty companion to the subtle cherry notes in the cookie.
No candy pieces here. These thumbprint cookies are filled with chocolate ganache.
Coconut Thumbprints with Dulce de Leche
Finish these cookies with a pinch of flaky salt--it balances the luscious caramel filling and toasted coconut.
Chocolate Ganache Thumbprints with Crushed Peppermints
This chocolate filling is impossibly rich and incredibly easy to make in the microwave.
Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
You can make the dough for all three thumbprint cookies 1 day ahead; store in the refrigerator.
These cookies have a bit of crunch from the finely chopped pecans, sweetness from the almond extract, and richness from the butter. But it's the thumbprint impressions on top that give them a personal touch. Strawberry and peach jams make beautiful jewel-colored fillings, but you can use other Southern favorite jams, such as blackberry, muscadine, or apple. They're the perfect cookies to make with the kids – let them make the thumbprints and choose the filling.
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt
From Great Falls, Montana, Colette Tihista-Longin writes, "I found this cookie recipe in an old collection at a yard sale. The original recipe has a chocolate filling, but I adapted it to include caramel and sea salt several years ago. It's a hit every year at our cookie exchange." Despite the name for this style of cookie, the end of a wooden spoon makes a neater, deeper depression in the cookie than your thumb will.
Red Velvet Thumbprints
There's no need to use a pastry bag to fill cookies. Just transfer the frosting to a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and snip the corner.
Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Tomato Jam
This clever take on beloved thumbprint cookies is sweet and savory. Refrigerated dough keeps for days, and the baked cookies freeze well.
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
No candy pieces here. These thumbprint cookies are topped with a delicious peanut butter-chocolate filling.
Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookie
Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
Use our Easy Apple Butter for the best flavor and texture. In a pinch, store-bought apple butter that has been boiled for 5 minutes (to thicken) may be substituted.
Fill the center of these Thumbprint Cookies with your favorite jam. Our jam of choice for these buttery, nutty cookies were apricot and strawberry.
With a double shot of chocolate and hazelnut flavors, kids and adults will rave over these filled cookies. The espresso powder is optional, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
The favorite sandwich flavor combination comes together in these adorable preserves-filled cookies. Use any type of jam or preserves.
Instead of using jam, fill these bite-sized cookies with your extra Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
These cute little thumbprint cookies are filled with raspberry jam and go perfectly with a cup of hot tea. Beware...They are so good you can’t have just one.
Use your favorite jam or jelly in Jelly-Cheddar Thumbprints. These little bites are the perfect combination of savory and sweet.
Cherry-Chocolate Thumbprints feature the irresistible flavor combination of cherry and chocolate.