Our Absolute Best Thumbprint Cookie Recipes (2024)

Home Recipes Cooking Style Baking

Our Absolute Best Thumbprint Cookie Recipes (1)

ByCaroline Stanko

<i>Taste of Home</i>'s Editorial Process

Updated: Feb. 06, 2024

    From old-fashioned favorites to new-found flavors, we have the best thumbprint cookie recipes to fill your cookie tins.

    1/29

    Red Velvet Thumbprint Cookies

    These festive sugar-coated red velvet cookies are perfect for Christmas. They’re just as delicious as they are beautiful. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

    Go to Recipe

    2/29

    Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprints

    Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic, and I especially like my updated version with pistachios. The rich, buttery bites are not only delicious, but they are also pretty enough to give for gifts—if you manage to share them! —Laura Murphy, Columbus, Mississippi

    Go to Recipe

    3/29

    Taste of Home

    Baklava Thumbprint Cookies

    The topping on my sister-in-law's peach cobbler was so delicious that I asked for the recipe; then I decided to use that to top a cookie I developed with the flavors of baklava. My adult son tried one and immediately ate two more—which is unusual for him! It's a good recipe to mix up the night before and bake fresh the next day for company. —Sharon Eshelman, Harrington, Delaware

    Go to Recipe

    4/29

    Jeweled Coconut Drops

    Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut cookies. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped cookies never last long when I make them for my husband and two sons. -Ellen Marie Byler, Munfordville, Kentucky

    Go to Recipe

    5/29

    Taste of Home

    Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

    Carrot cake is a family favorite, and these delicious cookies with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, cinnamon and cloves taste very similar. They’re even topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. With each cookie it feels as if you’re eating a piece of carrot cake, but no fork is needed! —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

    Go to Recipe

    6/29

    Berry Shortbread Dreams

    Raspberry jam adds fruity sweetness to these rich raspberry-filled shortbread cookies. They will absolutely melt in your mouth! —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

    Go to Recipe

    7/29

    Coconut Key Lime Thumbprints

    This is the cookie recipe I created for the Las Vegas World Food Championships in 2013. It's similar to a shortbread thumbprint cookie, but with lots more personality. —Amy Freeze, Avon Park, Florida

    Go to Recipe

    8/29

    White Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

    When I pass around the cookie tray, all eyes land on these fancy thumbprints. The white chocolate filling and dab of jewel-toned jam will satisfy even the most discriminating sweet tooth. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

    Go to Recipe

    9/29

    Thumbprint Butter Cookies

    These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats. Fill the thumbprint in the center with any fruit preserves you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Go to Recipe

    10/29

    Taste of Home

    Pistachio Thumbprints

    These mild pistachio-flavored cookies disappear in a wink. —Liz Probelski, Port Washington, Wisconsin.

    Go to Recipe

    11/29

    Sweetheart Cookies

    These rounds filled with fruit preserves were blue-ribbon winners at the county fair two years running. A family favorite, they never last beyond December 25! —Pamela Esposito, Smithville, New Jersey

    Go to Recipe

    12/29

    Sacher Torte Cookies

    This cookie recipe will be a hit whether you are making it for your family or for a potluck. Apricot is traditional but you can choose whichever fruit preserves you prefer.—Audrey Thibodeau, Gilbert, Arizona

    Go to Recipe

    13/29

    Taste of Home

    Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

    Red velvet cookies and cakes are so pretty, but I always wish they had a bigger flavor. I infused these thumbprints with a peppermint pop. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

    Go to Recipe

    14/29

    Taste of Home

    No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprints

    Years ago, a friend gave me a recipe for chocolate peanut treats that didn't require baking. I thought it was a quick and clever way to whip up a batch of sweet snacks without heating up the kitchen, and I started making different variations. This one includes luscious Nutella and crunchy hazelnuts. Yum! —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

    15/29

    Poppy Seed Thumbprints

    My oldest son is a huge fan of these thumbprints, so I make sure they're on my baking list every Christmas. Lemon zest and poppy seeds help give this crisp cookie fantastic flavor. —Kelly Pember, Wheeler, Wisconsin

    Go to Recipe

    16/29

    Taste of Home

    Pecan Pie Thumbprints

    A good buttery dough and nutty filling take time to make, but the results are so worth it. After munching on a few, I think you'll agree.— Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama

    Go to Recipe

    17/29

    18/29

    Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    When I was four, Mom and I would don our aprons and I would pretend we were bakers named Marge and Betty. Though we dropped that routine, we still make Christmas cookies together every year. —Rebecca Little, Park Ridge, Illinois

    Go to Recipe

    19/29

    Chocolate-Covered Cherry Thumbprints

    When I dig out my best cookie recipes, I'm reminded of baking with my children when they were little. These thumbprints with cherries elicit such sweet memories. –Deborah Puette, Lilburn, Georgia

    Go to Recipe

    20/29

    Taste of Home

    Flourless Peanut Butter Thumbprints

    I had been searching for a dessert to make for my brother's girlfriend (who is gluten intolerant), and I came across a naturally gluten-free dessert—a flourless peanut butter cookie. After tweaking the recipe a bit and adding Nutella and a sprinkling of sea salt, I finally found the perfect cookie for her. —Dana Hinck, Pensacola, Florida

    Go to Recipe

    21/29

    Jeweled Thumbprints

    When I moved here from Malta more than 20 years ago, a kind neighbor lady took me under her wing and baked many cookies for me. This is one of her recipes that I treasure. —Maria Debono, New York, New York

    Go to Recipe

    22/29

    Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a chocolate treat to share. These terrific chocolate thumbprint cookies were an instant success. Once they debuted, I had to make them many more times. —Laura Bryant German, W. Warren, Massachusetts

    Go to Recipe

    23/29

    24/29

    Apricot-Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

    I enjoy experimenting with cake mixes to make new cookie recipes. I love apricot, but feel free to fill the thumbprint in the center of these goodies with any fruit preserve you like. —Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma

    Go to Recipe

    25/29

    26/29

    Eggnog Thumbprints

    These cute cookie bites always get a recipe request. They make special holiday gifts and freeze well, too.— Mary Ann Ludwig, Edwardsville, Illinois

    Go to Recipe

    27/29

    Taste of Home

    Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

    Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty. Everybody looks forward to munching on them during the holidays. —Elizabeth Marino, San Juan Capistrano, California

    Go to Recipe

    28/29

    Taste of Home

    Festive Thumbprints

    I never cared for jam-filled thumbprints, so I decided to fill them with frosting instead. This makes them easy to ship, which you can’t do with the sticky jam filling. I sent these to my daughter while she was serving in Iraq, and they made the long haul in perfect condition. —Wendy Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota

    Go to Recipe

    29/29

    Apricot-Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

    I enjoy experimenting with cake mixes to make new cookie recipes. I love apricot, but feel free to fill the thumbprint in the center of these goodies with any fruit preserve you like. —Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma

    Go to Recipe

    Originally Published: October 19, 2021

    Author

    Caroline Stanko

    As editor, Caroline researches, writes and edits all things food and beverage and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. With seven years at TOH under her belt, Caroline has worked on the print, SIP and digital teams. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline mixing up a killer co*cktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooki...

    Read More

    Our Absolute Best Thumbprint Cookie Recipes (27)

    Our Absolute Best Thumbprint Cookie Recipes (2024)
    Top Articles
    Latest Posts
    Article information

    Author: Greg O'Connell

    Last Updated:

    Views: 6220

    Rating: 4.1 / 5 (62 voted)

    Reviews: 85% of readers found this page helpful

    Author information

    Name: Greg O'Connell

    Birthday: 1992-01-10

    Address: Suite 517 2436 Jefferey Pass, Shanitaside, UT 27519

    Phone: +2614651609714

    Job: Education Developer

    Hobby: Cooking, Gambling, Pottery, Shooting, Baseball, Singing, Snowboarding

    Introduction: My name is Greg O'Connell, I am a delightful, colorful, talented, kind, lively, modern, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.