Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

A shortbread cookie with the perfect touch of cocoa.  A fluffy cap of sweet icing.  A bright red cherry and a thin drizzle of chocolate.   The presentation is festive and eye-catching. Can a thumbprint cookie get any better than this? 

 The cookies take about an hour from start to finish.  I’ll be they’ll disappear in half that time.  😉 

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints


1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa


1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar


36 maraschino cherries with stems, drained on paper towels

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon oil

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.  In a large bowl, combine sugar, 3/4 cup butter, vanilla, and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy.

2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.  Add flour and cocoa; beat until well mixed. Shape into 1-inch balls; place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  With index finger, make indentation in center of each cookie.

3.  Bake at 375 degrees Farenheit for 7 to 9 minutes or until set.  Immediately remove from cookie sheets; place on wire racks.  Cool 10 minutes or until completely cool.

4.  Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients.  Beat until smooth.

5  Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon filling into each cooled cookie.  Press cherry into filling.

6.  In small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and oil.  Microwave, 10 minutes at a time and stirring after each, until melted and smooth.  Spoon or drizzle melted chocolate over cherry on each cookie. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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7 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

  1. Tes says:

    Oh wow your chocolate and churries thumbprint looks so lovely and colorful. It sounds like a fun holiday bake recipe 🙂

  2. Holy YUM – that looks delicious!

  3. justmarriedgirl says:

    Amazing. I’m going to try these next week. I’ll let you know what happens!!

  4. Meg says:

    Wow! I love the combination of the flavors. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. These were delicious! 😀

    Normally, I don’t even like cherries and chocolate together (I know…weird) but these were amazing. Can’t wait to have them again on Christmas Eve! 😀

  6. Wow! I hate chocolate, but I love cherries and I think that you have just won over my heart!


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