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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate thumbprint cookies are a decadent dessert that is easy to make! They’re soft and chewy with a rich chocolate ganache center.

chocolate thumbprint cookies

I outed myself recently in terms of my favorite Christmas cookie exchange cookie type. I know that I’ve proclaimed my love of thumbprint cookies before, but when it comes to my favorite, I think it might be the buckeye cookie.

Having said that . . . I absolutely love thumbprints. So so much that I’ve tried multiple recipes including classic thumbprints, red velvet, and lemon blueberry.

Yep, only two recipes. Isn’t that terrible??

I realized recently that I need to try a lot more. So where do you start when you don’t know where to start? With the basics, of course.

So I went back to my roots with the first baked good I ever remember having in my life: chocolate thumbprint cookies!!

The combination of a soft, chewy cookie with a creamy chocolate ganache center makes for an irresistible treat that will have you reaching for seconds.

chocolate thumbprint cookie recipe

These cookies are easy to make and perfect for any occasion, from holiday gatherings to afternoon tea. Basically if you’re looking to get your chocolate fix? This is what you need. This is it.

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the chocolate thumbprints.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, and eggs to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Consistent Thumbprint Size

Use a uniform measuring tool, such as a teaspoon or your thumb, to create an indentation in each cookie. This ensures consistent size and even baking.

Cool Before Adding Filling

Let the cookies cool before adding the filling. You don’t want it to melt or the cookie to fall apart from adding the filling.

chocolate thumbprints

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your thumbprint baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these chocolate thumbprint cookies.


  • All-purpose flour – 1 3/4 cups (210 grams)
  • Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup (50 grams)
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature – 1/2 cup (113 grams)
  • Granulated sugar – 1 1/2 cup (300 grams)
  • Eggs – 2
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • Heavy cream – 1/2 cup (120 grams)
  • Dark chocolate, chopped – 7 ounces (120 grams)

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Use good quality cocoa powder for a rich chocolate flavor in the cookies.

Refrigerating the dough twice helps it to firm up, making it easier to shape and reducing spreading during baking.

If the ganache is too thick to spoon into the indents, add a splash of heavy cream and mix it in until the consistency is smooth and spreadable.

chocolate filled thumbprint cookies

Keep these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They’ll last a few weeks in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to six months. When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

double chocolate thumbprint cookies

Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 20 cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

chocolate thumbprint cookies

Discover the perfect chocolate thumbprint cookie recipe! Learn how to create these irresistible chocolate delights at home.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes


Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 7 oz dark chocolate, chopped


Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line your baking tray with parchment paper; set aside.Preheating the oven
  2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Keep it aside.butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with cocoa mixture in another bowl
  3. Add the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat it at medium speed, scraping down the sides for at least 2-3 mins or until the mixture is creamy.Add Powdered Sugar and Vanilla
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat on medium until everything is incorporated well.Eggs added to the butter mixture
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in batches and mix it well.Dry ingredients added to the wet for chocolate thumbprint cookies
  6. Wrap the dough with a cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.Chocolate thumbprint cookie dough in a bowl
  7. Once chilled, roll out a tbsp of dough in between your palms, and flatten it a bit. Use the back of a wooden spoon or your thumb to make an indent in the centre of the cookie and place it on the prepared try. Repeat with rest of the dough.Flattened chocolate dough added to a cookie sheet
  8. Refrigerate for another 20-30 mins.Chocolate thumbprint cookies after being refrigerated
  9. Bake for at least 12-13 mins in a preheated oven. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes in the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Start by chopping the chocolate bars into small pieces and keeping them aside in a heat-safe bowl.chopped chocolate with chocolate cookies and heavy cream
  2. Warm the heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to simmer.Heating-up-heavy-cream-on-the-stove
  3. Pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate and let it rest for 4-5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Gently mix the cream and chocolate using a spatula until they are properly combined and smooth.Chopped chocolate mixed in with the heavy cream
  4. Spoon the ganache into the indents. Garnish with some shaved chocolate or other toppings, if desired.Chocolate ganache poured into the middle of the thumbprint centers

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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