Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These quick and easy chocolate thumbprint cookies with ganache are made from scratch. They are crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

Chocolate thumbprint cookies are considered to be one of those CLASSIC cookies that every person should have in their recipe collection.

I make these cookies A LOT during the Holiday season for parties and even to give to family/ friends as a wonderful homemade gift.

Best of all, they are quick and easy to make and require NO CHILLING!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe 1

These cookies are loaded with CHOCOLATE!

There is cocoa in the cookie dough and once they are baked, they are filled with rich and creamy chocolate ganache.

If you don’t want to fill with ganache, you should check out this list for other filling ideas…

These classic chocolate thumbprint cookies can be filled with a wide range of FILLINGS: 


  • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts e.t.c)
  • Pretzels
  • Candies  (m&m, hard rock candy, Hershey’s chocolate Kisses e.t.c)
  • Chocolate chips (dark, milk, white, toffee chips, peanut butter chips, peppermint chips)
  • Sprinkles
  • Dried cranberries and raisins
  • Berries (maraschino cherries, raspberries, strawberries e.t.c)
  • Caramel
  • Jams and preserves
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Melted chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate)

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By the way, if you are fond of thumbprint cookies, you should totally check out my nutty and crunchy Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies.

They are ADDICTIVE and meant for all the peanut butter lovers out there!

But anyways, let’s get back to these chocolate thumbprints…

I like to roll them in granulated sugar, which truly results in the BEST chocolate thumbprint cookies ever!

They are CRISPY on the outside but SOFT and CHEWY on the inside.

I haven’t seen many chocolate thumbprint cookie recipes that require this step but I HIGHLY recommend you do this since that’s what takes these cookies to a whole new level!  

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe 2

Since Christmas is about 2 months away, I made some chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies by filling them with melted peppermint chocolate and topping them off with peppermint chips.

They have the perfect BALANCE of chocolate and mint flavor and are so PRETTY!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe 10

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 35-40 cookies
These quick and easy chocolate thumbprint cookies with ganache are made from scratch. They are crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
Chocolate thumbprint cookie dough
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup additional sugar (for rolling cookie balls)
Ganache filling
  • 1 cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup roughly chopped chocolate (for decoration)
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix again.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Dump the dry ingredient mixture into the wet mixture and mix everything until just combined.
  5. Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little balls roll them in a bowl of granulated sugar.
  6. Place cookies on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper and press your thumb in the center to make indentations.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
  8. Note: When you remove the cookies from the oven, you will notice the indentations are not that deep anymore. Just press the back of a wooden spoon or the round bottom of a measuring spoon into the center again. You must do this quickly before the cookies have a chance to cool down.
  9. While the cookies are cooling, prepare chocolate ganache by heating heavy cream and dark chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture is smooth and glossy, let it cool down a bit.
  10. Then fill each thumbprint cookie with ganache and decorate with small chocolate pieces.
  11. And you are done!
- To make Peppermint chocolate thumbprint cookies, melt Hershey's peppermint kisses and and fill them in the center of each cookie and top it off with peppermint bits.

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this recipe, you may also like some of these other cookie recipes…

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

chocolate sugar cookies

Small Batch Sugar Cookies

small batch of sugar cookies

Fruit Loops Chocolate Cookies

fruit loops chocolate cookies

Until next time, tata my lovelies!


  1. Beth

    February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Love it! Love all of the colors and your artful arrangements! I make thumbprint cookies at work frequently, and I never get tired of them. Never tried chocolate ones though – will have to do that!

  2. Abeer Rizvi

    December 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Sorry I was playing around with this recipe last night because I have found ways to make it even better and choco-licious! I was updating the new changes. It’s not 2 cups. It’s 1 cup butter now.

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