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50 Thumbprint Cookie Recipes to See You Through the Holidays and Beyond

Half Baked Harvest

When it comes to baking, we’re all about recipes that are as delicious to eat as they are fun to make. Enter these holiday favorites—squishing the dough down to make the little divots for filling is surprisingly satisfying. Which means that whipping up a big batch (half for gifting and the rest for eating) is really no burden at all. In fact, the only hard part is not devouring them all at once. On second thought, maybe we’ll just buy everyone’s gifts this year...

Love and Olive Oil  

1.

Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Let’s start with a classic, shall we?

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell 

2.

Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

We love a dessert mash-up.

Baked By an Introvert 

3.

Salted Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

Sprinkled with sea salt because you’re one classy lady.

Sally’s Baking Addiction

4.

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery, nutty sweetness.

Spache the Spatula 

5.

Ina’s Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

As in, the fabulous Ina Garten.

Le Creme De La Crumb 

6.

Peppermint Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

With a creamy white chocolate center.

Baking A Moment 

7.

Cherry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Two of our favorite desserts in one.

Half Baked Harvest 

8.

Chocolate Espresso Thumbprint Cookies

Sprinkle on edible gold leaf if you’re feeling fancy.

Averie Cooks 

9.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies 

Basically a sandwich, so totally fine to eat for lunch, right?

A Latte Food 

10.

Hot Cocoa Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate on chocolate.

Amy’s Healthy Baking 

11.

Grandpa's Thumbprint Cookies

Made with elderberry jam.

Center Cut Cook 

12.

Blueberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

For a taste of summer, no matter what the weather’s doing.

Sugar Spun Run 

13.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

With bourbon ganache because why the heck not?

White Lights on Wednesday 

14.

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

’Tis the season.  

Wanna Come With 

15.

Heart-Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Well, aren’t these just adorable?

Le Creme De La Crumb 

16.

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies

Almost too cute to eat. (We said almost.)

The Recipe Critic 

17.

German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

We’ll take three, bitte.

Paleo Running Momma 

18.

Lemon Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Chia Jam

A Paleo and vegan-friendly treat.

A Latte Food 

19.

Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

So much easier to make than pie.

Taste and Tell Blog 

20.

Pecan Praline Thumbprints

We definitely won’t judge if you eat the sauce with a spoon.

A Beautiful Plate 

21.

Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam

Don’t they look gorgeous?

Lovely Little Kitchen 

22.

Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies with Almond Glaze

The best way to use up leftover cranberry sauce.

Crumb Blog 

23.

Coffee Toffee Thumbprint Cookies

You had us at coffee.

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen 

24.

Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Sure, this chocolate-hazelnut spread is good on anything but it’s especially delicious here.

Sugar Spun Run 

25.

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies

For when you’re missing warmer weather.

Jessica Gavin 

26.

Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies 

A classic combo that’s gluten-free.

Pinch of Yum 

27.

Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

They’re small—take two.

Five Heart Home 

28.

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Totally acceptable to eat before dinner.

Le Creme De La Crumb  

29.

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies 

With a melty chocolate and caramel pecan-topped center.  

The View From Great Island 

30.

Simple Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies

Feel free to substitute with your favorite jam.

The Recipe Critic 

31.

Twix Thumbprint Cookies

Caramel and chocolate: A love story.  

Pass the Sushi 

32.

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies

The ultimate fall treat.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron 

33.

Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Thumbprint Cookies

We’re going to need a minute to process this. 

Wine and Glue 

34.

Gingerbread White Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Yep, we’ll be having a very merry Christmas, indeed.

Fit Mitten Kitchen 

35.

Grain-Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

What dietary restrictions?

Something Swanky 

36.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Oh hi, holiday cookie of our dreams.

Averie Cooks 

37.

Cream Cheese Cookies

Frosting lovers, rejoice. 

Julie’s Eats and Treats 

38.

Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Serve with a glass of ice cold milk.

In Katrina’s Kitchen 

39.

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

One for the kiddos. (And grown-ups, too.)

Sugar Apron 

40.

Hershey S’mores Kiss Cookies

No camping outside necessary.

Sarah’s Bake Studio 

41.

Buttercream Thumbprint Sugar Cookies

For when you need a break from all that chocolate.

Mom Loves Baking 

42.

Almond Joy Thumbprints

OK, back to chocolate.  

Feasting on Fruit 

43.

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Made with just five ingredients.

Pip and Ebby 

44.

Chocolate Rolo Thumbprint Cookies

The candy gets all melty and gooey.

Baked By An Introvert 

45.

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple.

The Big Man’s World 

46.

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

Short on oven space? No problem.

Mother Thyme 

47.

Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Save some of the filling to spread on toast.  

Girl Versus Dough 

48.

Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies

There’re vegetables in there so they’re totally healthy, right?

Chef-in-Training 

49.

Samoa Thumbprint Cookies

Hands down, the best Girl Scout cookie.

Recipes From A Pantry

50.

Orange and Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Just try stopping at one.