Thumbprint Cookies

1 Hr
15 Mins
1 Hr 15 Mins
Soft and buttery thumbprint cookies are the cutest little sweet bites to bake and decorate! The cookie base tastes like a chewy sugar cookie and the best part is they can be filled with any flavor combo you like. Raspberry jam, pistachio butter, Nutella, dulce de leche – the possibilities are endless!
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Thumbprint Cookies

Soft and buttery thumbprint cookies are the cutest little sweet bites to bake and decorate! The cookie base tastes like a chewy sugar cookie and the best part is they can be filled with any flavor combo you like. Raspberry jam, pistachio butter, Nutella, dulce de leche – the possibilities are endless!

Does anyone else remember that box of assorted butter cookies your mom or grandma would always buy that would eventually turn into a sewing box? I never really cared for those cookies but this recipe right here will make you rethink butter cookies when they’re made to be soft.

Making the Dough

Of course thumbprint cookies are butter cookies so the ingredients are super simple and involve a lot of butter to help keep them nice and soft AND also rich!

Here are the ingredients you will need:
DRY:
  • All purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
WET:
  • Unsalted butter, room temp
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Egg yolks
  • Vanilla extract

The dough comes together in less than ten minutes, making this recipe a lot easier than you might think!

In one bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (all purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt). In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Then add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until combined evenly. Scrape the sides of the bowl down as necessary.

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it starts to combine and a dough forms. Transfer the dough and wrap it tightly with Saran Wrap and then chill it in the fridge for an hour or in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Shaping the Dough

The name of the cookies comes from the method of shaping actually! After rolling each cookie into a small bowl, you take your thumb and press down into the center and that’s why they are called thumbprint cookies!

This recipe makes about 24 cookies. After chilling them, take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls. Place them on a baking sheet and press down in the center with your thumb to make a hole in the center. This is where you will add your filling when they come out of the oven.

If you plan to coat them in nuts like I did with the pistachios and hazelnuts, do that after shaping them into balls and then make the indentation in the center.

Baking

The cookies spread a little bit not that much so you don’t have to space them apart that far on the baking sheet. Pop in the oven at 375°F to bake for about 12 minutes or until just a bit golden on the edges.

All the Possible Fillings

Feel free to be as creative as you’d like with the flavor combinations!

Here are four ideas that I did:
  • Pistachio butter with a white chocolate drizzle and chopped pistachio crumble
  • Nutella with chopped hazelnuts
  • Cookie butter with white chocolate drizzle and crumbled biscoff cookies
  • Dulce de leche with powdered sugar

Other options include adding a Hershey’s kiss in the center or any flavor of fruit jam.

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Thumbprint Cookies

Soft and buttery thumbprint cookies are the cutest little sweet bites to bake and decorate! The cookie base tastes like a chewy sugar cookie and the best part is they can be filled with any flavor combo you like. Raspberry jam, pistachio butter, Nutella, dulce de leche - the possibilities are endless!

Soft and buttery thumbprint cookies are the cutest little sweet bites to bake and decorate! The cookie base tastes like a chewy sugar cookie and the best part is they can be filled with any flavor combo you like. Raspberry jam, pistachio butter, Nutella, dulce de leche - the possibilities are endless!

1 Hr
15 Mins
1 Hr 15 Mins

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (all purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt).
  2. In another mixing bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy, about one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Then add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until combined evenly. Scrape the sides of the bowl down again as necessary.
  4. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it starts to combine and a dough forms.
  5. Transfer the dough and wrap it tightly with Saran Wrap and then chill it in the fridge for an hour or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. After chilling them, take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls. Place them on a baking sheet, spaced apart slightly, and press down in the center with your thumb to make a hole in the center. You can also use a tablespoon measuring spoon to make the indentation in the center.
  7. Pop in the oven at 375°F to bake for about 12 minutes or until just a bit golden on the edges.
  8. If they have risen a bit while in the oven, just take the tablespoon measure and press down again in the center to flatten it back down.
  9. Allow them to cool completely to room temperature and then fill and decorate as you’d like!

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