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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints
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Course: Filled CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A thumbprint cookie with chocolate dough, rolled in almonds and stuffed with a cherry from a cherry preserve or pie filling in the center.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped almonds

  • 3/4 cup cherry preserves with whole cherries (or cherry pie filling – may need more than stated amount if you use the pie filling)

  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a small bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium, and add egg yolks, milk, and vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and dip each in egg white and then roll in chopped almonds. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are just set, about 10 minutes. (If indentations lose definition, press centers again before cooled.) Let cool slightly on baking sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool completely. When cool, spoon 1/2 teaspoon of cherry preserves into the indentation of each cookie. If possible, make sure there is a whole cherry in each cookie. Place chocolate chips in a zip-lock plastic baggie. Microwave for 30 seconds; remove bag, knead to mix up chocolate, and microwave for 20 seconds more. Repeat until chocolate is melted but not too hot (or the baggie will burst). With a sharp scissors, snip off a very small corner of the baggie. Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies. Cool completely before serving.


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I made these cookies for an annual cookie exchange. I always look for my recipes on this site. This year, I placed second, which is terrific given the quality of cookies at the exchange. One woman joked that the cookie "changed her life" when she ate it. It has a very deep chocolate flavor (almost like a brownie) - definitely a chocolate-lovers cookie. Next time, I will make sure to put more cherry from the preserves than just the jam. They are extremely pretty. I only got 37 cookies out of the batch. They were all snatched up quickly. Thanks for another great recipe!
- This Cookie Placed Second in a Cookie Exchange
Made this for a cookie exchange. Very rich chocolate flavor, almost like a brownie. I will make sure to put more cherry from the preserves than the jam in the next batch. Very attractive cookie.
- A Baker
Delicious especially for the chocolate lovers. I used "glaced" cherries instead of cherry puree.
- A Baker
LOve it!!!!!
- NC Girl
Yumm! Deep chocolate flavor and very pretty.
- Baker in Texas
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