Chocolate Thumbprints

READY IN: 32mins
Recipe by SweetsLady

These are great for CHRISTmas, Valentines, or anytime! This is one I've made for years which came from a Hershey's book.

Top Review by diner524

Great cookie!!! I can see all kinds of different toppings for the center. I made the recipe as written, chosing no nuts and topping the filling with mini chips. I had no problems handling the dough, even though I didn't first refrigerate it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for PRMR tag game.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, seperated
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 13 cup cocoa
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 26 Hershey chocolate kisses (Hugs, peanut butter cups, pecan halves, or candied cherry halves could also be used)
  • Filling

  • 12 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 14 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla in medium bowl until light and fluffy. In another bowl, stir flour, cocoa and salt. Add to butter mixture gradually until blended. Refrigerate dough until firm (about 1 hour).
  2. Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Beat egg white slightly with fork. Dip each ball into egg white then roll in nuts (I've also done without the egg/nut mixture due to family preference). Place on cookie sheet. Press thumb gently in center of each cookie.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. While cooking, prepare filling by combining powdered sugar, 1 T. butter, 2 t. milk, and 1/4 t. vanilla until smooth. Remove wrappers from candies. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 t. filling into each thumbprint. Gently press an unwrapped candy in center of each cookie. Cool completely.

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