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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a chocolate treat to share. These terrific cookies were an instant success. Once they debuted, I had to make them many more times. —Laura Bryant German, W. Warren, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 milk chocolate kisses


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; dip in egg white, then roll in nuts. Place on greased baking sheets. Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° until center is set, 10-12 minutes.
  • For filling, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spoon or pipe 1/4 teaspoon into each warm cookie; gently press a chocolate kiss in the center. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 117 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • knedz
    Dec 11, 2020

    I made these cookies today. This recipe made 24 small cookies. Perfect size. I used Hershey sugar cookie flavor candy and dark chocolate. I particularly liked the sugar cookie flavored ones the best. Very easy to make. Will keep and make again.

  • LBurkey
    Mar 30, 2020

    These cookies are very rich tasting and looking. They are a classier version of the peanut butter ones with the candy kiss. Look so pretty on a plate.

  • _nlfPA
    Oct 1, 2019

    I first made these for a wedding reception and after tasting them, my family has enjoyed them ever since!

  • juicyfruit007
    Dec 14, 2018

    Everybody loved these. I rolled some in non-pareils when I ran out of nuts.

  • Mary Rawlinitis
    Sep 28, 2018

    My grandchildren are allergic to nuts so I have rolled these in coconut or not rolled them in anything and just added the kisses. They look nice on the table. I have made this recipe three times just recently. Easy to make.

  • 2Cookies4u
    Dec 21, 2017

    Boy, did I ever mess up! I made the cookies as directed EXCEPT I used white chocolate kisses.BIG MISTAKE! They melted immediately into a puddle. Luckily I realized it right away, andI quickly switched to milk and dark chocolate kisses. Very successful. Will make again!See what happens when I try to be creative??

  • ladyfarmer1942
    Dec 24, 2016

    Very disappointed in these. They spread and did not hold their shape at all, even though I followed the directions carefully. I will not make these again. (BTW, I'm an experienced baker, so it wasn't beginners bad luck).

  • kennedy22
    Dec 19, 2016

    Outstanding!! I made them for a Christmas party, doubled the batch and they were gone.....the only change I made was to use the special dark baking cocoa.... adding this to the recipe book!! thanks for sharing...

  • MelindaH
    Dec 17, 2016

    These were so so good.. Labor intensive for sure... The one thing I'd say is that 10-12 minutes (for me) was WAY OFF. I did 12 to be safe and I think they needed another 3 minutes at least. It has a consistency of a fudge when it's done. Not a cookie... But again, very tasty.. one is all you can eat!

  • tsuop
    Dec 5, 2016

    I get it, 24 cookies 26 Chocolate Kisses (2 for the baker : )) I'm taking these to our Church Cookie Exchange .... Can't wait to try them. They sound really easy. Stay tuned.