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

chocolate espresso thumbprint cookies
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...

jam filled thumbprint cookies
Love and Olive Oil  


Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Let’s start with a classic, shall we?

cheesecake thumbprint cookies
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell 


Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

We love a dessert mash-up.

salted dulce de leche thumbprint cookies
Baked By an Introvert 


Salted Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

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

raspberry almond thumbprint cookies
Sally’s Baking Addiction


Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery, nutty sweetness.

ina gartens coconut thumbprint cookies
Spache the Spatula 


Ina’s Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

As in, the fabulous Ina Garten.

peppermint kiss thumbprint cookies
Le Creme De La Crumb 


Peppermint Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

With a creamy white chocolate center.

cherry cheesecake thumbprint cookies
Baking A Moment 


Cherry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Two of our favorite desserts in one.

chocolate espresso thumbprint cookies
Half Baked Harvest 


Chocolate Espresso Thumbprint Cookies

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

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies
Averie Cooks 


Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

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

hot chocolate thumbprint cookies
A Latte Food 


Hot Cocoa Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate on chocolate.

grandpa s elderberry jam thumbprint cookies
Amy’s Healthy Baking 


Grandpa's Thumbprint Cookies

Made with elderberry jam.

blueberry lemon thumbprint cookies
Center Cut Cook 


Blueberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

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

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Sugar Spun Run 


Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

With bourbon ganache because why the heck not?

eggnog thumprint cookies
White Lights on Wednesday 


Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

’Tis the season.

heart shaped jam thumbprint cookies
Wanna Come With 


Heart-Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Well, aren’t these just adorable?

pumpkin thumbprint cookies
Le Creme De La Crumb 


Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies

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

german chocolate thumbprint cookies
The Recipe Critic 


German Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

We’ll take three, bitte.

lemon almond thumbprint cookies with cherry chia jam
Paleo Running Momma 


Lemon Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Chia Jam

A Paleo and vegan-friendly treat.

apple thumbprint cookies
A Latte Food 


Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

So much easier to make than pie.

pecan praline thumbprint cookies
Taste and Tell Blog 


Pecan Praline Thumbprints

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

pistachio thumbprint cookies with blackcurrant jam
A Beautiful Plate 


Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam

Don’t they look gorgeous?

cranberry thumbprint cookies with almond glaze
Lovely Little Kitchen 


Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies with Almond Glaze

The best way to use up leftover cranberry sauce.

coffee toffee thumbprint cookies
Crumb Blog 


Coffee Toffee Thumbprint Cookies

You had us at coffee.

sea salt nutella thumbprint cookies
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen 


Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

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

key lime thumbprint cookies
Sugar Spun Run 


Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies

For when you’re missing warmer weather.

flourless peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies
Jessica Gavin 


Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

A classic combo that’s gluten-free.

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Pinch of Yum 


Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

They’re small—take two.

cheddar jalapeno thumbprints
Five Heart Home 


Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Totally acceptable to eat before dinner.

turtle thumbprint cookies
Le Creme De La Crumb  


Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

With a melty chocolate and caramel pecan-topped center.

simple marmalade thumbprint cookies
The View From Great Island 


Simple Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies

Feel free to substitute with your favorite jam.

twix thumbprint cookies
The Recipe Critic 


Twix Thumbprint Cookies

Caramel and chocolate: A love story.

chai pumpkin spice thumbprint cookies
Pass the Sushi 


Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies

The ultimate fall treat.

brownie and chocolate chip cookie thumbprint cookies
Chelsea’s Messy Apron 


Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Thumbprint Cookies

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

gingerbread white fudge thumbprint cookies
Wine and Glue 


Gingerbread White Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

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

grain free salted caramel thumbprint cookies
Fit Mitten Kitchen 


Grain-Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

What dietary restrictions?

red velvet cream cheese thumbprints
Something Swanky 


Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Oh hi, holiday cookie of our dreams.

cream cheese cookies
Averie Cooks 


Cream Cheese Cookies

Frosting lovers, rejoice.

chocolate mint thumbprint cookies
Julie’s Eats and Treats 


Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Serve with a glass of ice cold milk.

thumbprint snowman cookies
In Katrina’s Kitchen 


Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

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

hershey smores kiss cookies
Sugar Apron 


Hershey S’mores Kiss Cookies

No camping outside necessary.

buttercream thumbprint sugar cookies
Sarah’s Bake Studio 


Buttercream Thumbprint Sugar Cookies

For when you need a break from all that chocolate.

almond joy thumbprints
Mom Loves Baking 


Almond Joy Thumbprints

OK, back to chocolate.

vegan thumbprint cookies
Feasting on Fruit 


Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Made with just five ingredients.

chocolate rolo thumbprint cookies
Pip and Ebby 


Chocolate Rolo Thumbprint Cookies

The candy gets all melty and gooey.

lemon thumbprint cookies
Baked By An Introvert 


Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple.

no bake thumbprint cookies
The Big Man’s World 


No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

Short on oven space? No problem.

apple butter thumbprint cookies
Mother Thyme 


Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Save some of the filling to spread on toast.

carrot cake thumbprint cookies
Girl Versus Dough 


Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies

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

samoa thumbprint cookies


Samoa Thumbprint Cookies

Hands down, the best Girl Scout cookie.

orange and cranberry thumbprint cookies
Recipes From A Pantry


Orange and Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Just try stopping at one.

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Alexia Dellner

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Alexia Dellner is an executive editor at PureWow who has over ten years of experience covering a broad range of topics including health, wellness, travel, family, culture and...
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