27 Festive Ways to Make Thumbprint Cookies This Christmas
The Christmas season sees its share of bite-sized treats, from fudgy bourbon balls to crunchy nut brittle to spiced sugar cookies. There are too many occasions to count, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, that call for these holiday treats. Need something festive but simple? That’s when you can turn to our easy thumbprint cookies.
To start, thumbprint cookies come in so many cheery forms. Some are tender and shortbread-like, filled with dollops of traditional raspberry jam. Others are chewy and chocolatey, topped with gooey caramel and flaky sea salt, even making use of peppermint kisses and colorful sprinkles. What’s more, Christmas thumbprint cookies are so festive they’re practically begging to be doled out as food gifts, bagged for the cookie swap, or served at the holiday party. Read on for the best thumbprint cookies to make this season.
Red Velvet Thumbprints
Recipe: Red Velvet Thumbprints
The jolly man in red would approve of these cheery cookies. Red velvet thumbprints couldn't ask for a better topping than this white chocolate-cream cheese mixture.
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Recipe: Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! These thumbprint cookies turn chocolate and peanut butter into little bites of holiday heaven.
Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
Recipe: Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
Drizzled with creamy white chocolate, these raspberry thumbprint cookies are always welcome on the Christmas party spread. The classic shortbread-like cookies are topped with fruity pockets of jam.
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
These cookies have as much Christmas spirit as Buddy the Elf. Trade milk chocolate Hershey's kisses for these whimsical candy cane-inspired ones.
Recipe: Stamped Thumbprints
Pretty as a Norman Rockwell picture, this take on traditional thumbprint cookies calls for simple stamping to make them look sophisticated and old-fashioned.
Chocolate Ganache Thumbprints with Crushed Peppermints
This rich chocolate ganache is just what Santa put on his list. Crushed peppermints make the crunchiest, cheeriest holiday topper.
Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
Recipe: Apple Butter-Walnut Thumbprints
Embrace a more fall-inspired flavor combination with these apple butter-and-caramel-topped cookies.
Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies
This recipe gives classic gingerbread a tasty twist. With a chewy center and spiced white chocolate filling, these cookies will disappear mighty quick from Santa's plate.
Coconut Thumbprints with Dulce de Leche
Coconut and dulce de leche make a festive duo. Watch these thumbprints disappear. Fast.
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt
Looking for a cookie swap winner? These chocolate thumbprints are topped with gooey caramel and flaky sea salt, making them anything but a basic butter cookie.
Recipe: Apricot-Almond Thumbprints
Bright and cheery, these will give Santa's elves a run for their money. Almond-flavored thumbprints are delightfully finished with apricot preserves.
Crackle Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Crackle Kiss Cookies
Fudgy, crackled, and dressed up in powder sugar, these thumbprints are begging to be doled out as food gifts this holiday season.
Peppermint Kiss Thumbprint Cookies
Sealed with a (peppermint) kiss, these cute cookies are so festive they could turn Scrooge.
Peanut Butter Cup Thumbprint Cookies
Three layers of chocolate send a merry message. Give these peanut butter cup-topped cookies as food gifts this year.
Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
Serve up all the flavor of chocolate turtles, but in a chewy cookie form. Salted caramel adds a gooey, sweet-and-salty finish.
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Give your holiday dessert table a citrus touch. A classic combination, lemon cookies and raspberry jam make quite the zingy duo.
Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Thumbprints
These'll look both elegant and festive at your Christmas cookie swap. The irresistible flavor combination of cherry and chocolate gets topped with melted white chocolate.
Recipe: Blackberry Thumbprints
Simple and classic, these jam thumbprint cookies are like spiced butter cookies with a Southern finish.
Peanut Butter Thumbprints with Salted Chocolate
Peanut butter and chocolate go together like Dasher and Dancer. Add some flaky sea salt, and you're set with a holly, jolly batch of cookies.
No-Bake Almond Butter Thumbprints
These no-bake thumbprint cookies strike the perfect sweet-and-salty balance. Creamy almond butter and crushed pretzels are complemented by a festive dollop of strawberry jam.
Triple Mint Cookies
Recipe: Triple Mint Cookies
Chocolate and mint just love getting together for the holidays. This thumbprint recipe feels Yuletide-ready with green frosting.
Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Tomato Jam
Thumbprint cookies get a sweet-and-savory—and totally Southern—makeover. A dollop of tomato jam is just what the cornmeal-flavored cookies call for.
Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
If raspberry ganache is wrong, we don't want to be right. Add a pop of color to your Christmas party spread.
Snowman Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Snowman Thumbprint Cookies
Frosty, is that you? Give your thumbprints a little extra Christmas cheer by turning them into snowmen.
Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
As if these chocolate thumbprint cookies aren't cute enough already, they've been shrunken down to a party-friendly bite size.
Recipe: Ambrosia Macaroons
Ambrosia gets a modern makeover in these soft, chewy macaroons. Cherries—red or green—make festive buttons on top.
Chocolate Kiss Sprinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Kiss Sprinkle Cookies
Rolled in Christmas sprinkles and topped with a chocolate kiss, these cookies are ready to feed hungry little elves.