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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


2 hours
Skill Level
24 cookies

Have your kids help roll the dough in the chopped nuts and put their thumbprint in these cookies. Then fill the indentation with vanilla filling and HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates or HERSHEY'S HUGS Candies. This chocolate thumbprint cookie recipe proves baking is more fun together.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
10 minutes
Cool Time
5 minutes
Chill Time
1 hour


  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (1 stick), softened
  • 2/3 cup
  • 1
    egg, separated
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 cup
    nuts chopped
  • 26
    HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or HERSHEY'S HUGS Brand Candies
  • Vanilla Filling:
  • 1/2 cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tsps
  • 1/4 tsp
    vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
bowl bowl
measuring cups measuring cups
refrigerator refrigerator
pan cookie sheet
paper parchment paper
wire rack wire rack

Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla in medium bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.


Try rolling cookie dough balls in toasted nuts for extra flavor.


Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. With fork, beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Press thumb gently in center of each cookie.


Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, prepare Vanilla Filling. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon filling into each thumbprint. Gently press chocolate piece in center of each cookie. Cool completely. Makes about 24 cookies.

Vanilla Filling:

Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon softened butter or margarine, 2 teaspoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl; beat until smooth.


Omit egg white and chopped nuts. Roll balls in granulated sugar. Bake as directed. Top with Vanilla Filling and pecan or cherry half.

Additional questions?