Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

My little brother is a college hockey player in a neighboring state, who happened to break his arm pretty badly the other night during a game. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it warranted a phone call to me at 1am from my extremely worried parents, who, thankfully happened to be at the game and were able to go with him to the hospital overnight.  They ended up bringing him back home for the weekend so he could rest and relax.  Since he’ll be out for the rest of the season, he’s pretty bummed.  So what’s a big sister to do?

Knowing that he loves sprinkles, I made him a giant batch of cookies (with sprinkles) to cheer him up.  Just a basic thumbprint cookie with extra dark cocoa and extra sprinkles.  He was surprised and laughed when he saw them the next day.  I also told him I would break the arm of the guy who caused his arm to break in the first place, but he just rolled his eyes and laughed.  Welcome to hockey, I guess.

Here’s to a speedy recovery, Ben (aka Fluff).  I love you and hope you feel better soon!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Servings: about 20 cookies


2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup chocolate or multicolor sprinkles (or both!!!)

20 (or however many cookies you end up with….) milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.

3.  Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

4. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.

5. Beat in the flour.

6.  Your dough should be at ball-rolling consistency at this point.  If it’s not, let it chill in the refrigerator for a while to firm up a little.

7. Once easily handled, roll dough into 1-inch balls.

8.  Roll balls in sprinkles to coat.

9. Place balls 2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheets, and, using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.  (hence, thumbprint cookies…..:) )

10. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm.  Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Source:  The Ultimate Cookie Book.

January 16, 2011 - 8:01 am

Lauren at KeepItSweet - Hope your brother has an easy recovery! These look so pretty with the sprinkles.

January 16, 2011 - 9:30 am

Blog is the New Black - Sorry about your bro- I’m sure these helped. Anything with sprinkles is a bit more fun!

January 16, 2011 - 9:38 am

Julia - What cute cookies! I’m sure they cheered up your brother!

January 16, 2011 - 9:39 am

srlacy - Hey Julia! 🙂 🙂 🙂

January 16, 2011 - 10:39 am

Patty - You are such a sweet sister! Very cute cookies. Sending healing vibes little bro’s way. 🙂

January 16, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Aku - These look fabulous 🙂 Speedy recovery to your bro, sucks about being out for a season but hopefully a few of these helped with the disappointment!

January 16, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Rica - I never seen cookies like this before. looks so delicious. i’m bad in baking but i will try to make this. awesome pictures!

January 16, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Jane - Yummy! The sprinkles really brighten up the picture

January 16, 2011 - 4:56 pm

maggie - Great photos and website. You are a new discovery to me. Those cookies look amazing, yummy and have to make some!

January 16, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen - These are so adorable! I hope that your brother is on the mend soon, I’m sure he appreciated these cookies.

January 16, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Medeja - Cookies look so cute 🙂
I think it’s really nice way to cheer your brother 🙂 Hope he’ll recover soon

January 17, 2011 - 8:20 pm

Medifast Coupon - These cookies would make anyone feel better! Perfect little drops of sprinkles and chocolate always help with recovery. Cute pictures!

January 17, 2011 - 10:20 pm

Ann - These are beautiful cookies. What a great sister.

January 18, 2011 - 3:39 am

cakewhiz - Congrats on the top 9. Your cookies look beautiful. So colorful with all those sprinkles 🙂

January 18, 2011 - 4:38 am

Jenny Nguyen - they look just adorable! well done 🙂

January 18, 2011 - 9:03 am

Trish @I_am_Succeeding - Sooooo yummy!!

January 18, 2011 - 9:10 am

Kori - What a great “get well” gift! These are ADORABLE. I love the sprinkles idea…totally saving this for the next time I make thumbprint cookies. Also, I can see these as witch hats with different colored sprinkles for Halloween. So cute!

January 18, 2011 - 11:19 am

Kim - Liv Life - What a wonderful sister you are!! I love it that your brother loves sprinkles. My daughter usually eats all of ours before we actually get to use them, but she would love these cookies as well. We’ve bookmarked for a day when we have sprinkles on hand!
Our best good luck wishes to your brother… I know it’s hard to sit on the sidelines…
Congrats on the well deserved Top 9!

January 18, 2011 - 11:27 am

Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox - What a sweet sister present! I’m sure the colorful sprinkles totally helped with the arm. My hurts always feel better with chocolate. Those are very cute cookies. Congrats on Top 9!

January 18, 2011 - 12:22 pm

ceecee - These cookies are adorable – they look like donuts with a “kiss”.

January 18, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Fresh and Foodie - BEAUTIFUL photos! I love the colors. I also love thumbprint cookies — great job all around!

January 18, 2011 - 1:41 pm

briarrose - What a great get well gift. 😉 These look precious. Sprinkles always make things better.

January 18, 2011 - 2:11 pm

natalie (the sweets life) - these are cute! I’d love to make some in February with Valentine’s Day sprinkles!!

January 18, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Claudie - Simply beautiful!

January 18, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Lisa @ tarte du jour - Such fun cookies…..what a nice sister! You photo is gorgeous…..those cookies draw me in!

January 18, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Lexibule - Qu’est-ce qu’ils sont beaux!! Mes enfants vont adorés:)) Merci! J’imprime ta recette et j’essaierai très prochainement!! En passant tu as un talent incroyable, que de bonnes choses par ici;)xxx

January 18, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Denine Regan - These are awesome! I love thumbprint cookies and will happily chow down on these! Great pic too!

January 18, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Taylor - My little brother plays sports too so I know what its like watching and just praying he doesn’t get hurt! Hope your brother recovers well. p.s. these cookies are adorable!

January 18, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Claire - I’m so happy you made Foodbuzz!

February 23, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Tina W - I made these for my youth group for Valentine’s Day–easy, cute, delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

March 24, 2011 - 8:01 pm

(what runs) Lori - Wow. TEACH ME. Your photos are incredible! The colors! The “art” of it! What’s your secret…??

oh and of course the food looks amazing!

March 24, 2011 - 8:22 pm

srlacy - Oh wow. Thanks, Lori. You just officially made my day.

I try to think of one thing that epitomizes the food. Whether it’s a yellow sprinkle, a “hair” on a raspberry, or a swirl of piped frosting, I try to focus on that. No distracting foregrounds/backgrounds. It’s just the food.

I’m having a love affair with food. 🙂

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Andrea@Hearthside Gatherings - Found this on Pinterest…these look great! I’ll have to try them!

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Kelly - These look fabulous! I want to make them, but I also want to print out the recipe. Am I missing the “print friendly” button? Help!

November 9, 2012 - 12:11 am

srlacy - Hi Kelly-

Right now the template I am using does not offer a “print” button (unfortunately-I’ve tried messing with it, but it won’t let me.) For now, you can copy and paste into Word without printing out all the pictures.

December 20, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Morgan - Just made these today and they are delicious! I’ll definitely be checking out more of your recipes.

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Tammy - Just made these. They are really tasty and very pretty. They will look great on the cookie try when we open our gifts with family this weekend. Made 31 cookies

March 2, 2013 - 8:29 am

Annika - I have a batch of these in the oven right now and they smell really good! I got my little 7 year old brother to help me with rolling them in the sprinkles and making the thumbprints as well- they’re fun to make with kids and I can’t wait to try one! 🙂

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I doubled the recipe too…so I wonder if it was operator error…My math. We’ll see .
I’m sure they will be fine…can’t wait to roll them in sprinkles!

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Will definitely be making more of these!!
Thank you for sharing this recipe…!!!

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