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7 Easy & Incredible Thumbprint Cookies


Thumbprint Cookies are awesome because there are no boundaries and you can be super creative. They are also a fabulous cookie for any occasion. At Practically Homemade I have an array of Thumbprint Cookie recipes but today I want to share 7 that I think are both easy and incredible. Recipes that you can make in no time and will knock the socks off of everyone who takes a bite.

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What are Thumbprint Cookies?

Thumbprint Cookies got their name because most recipes instruct you to use your thumb to make an indentation either before or after baking.

That center {or hole} in the cookie is then filled with something sweet. While we think of these popular cookies as an American treat, they originated in Sweden.

Thumbprint Cookie Tips

Thumbprint Cookies are not necessarily hard to make but there are a few tips that can make it a bit easier.

  • Use a cookie scoop to make sure that all of the cookies are the same size. This will help them not only look uniform but they will also bake at the same rate.
  • Roll the cookie dough in your hands to create a smooth cookie dough ball. Some recipes will instruct you to roll them in sugar for added texture. Either way, rolling them gives you a smooth cookie that looks awesome.
  • Use a tart shaper to make the indentation in the middle of each cookie. This creates the perfect sized hole and will allow you to fill it up with lots of delicious filling.
  • Read the instructions to see whether you will be making the thumbprint before or after baking. Some recipes will require you to bake the filling with the cookie and others will have you add the filling after baking.
  • Use a glaze, icing or sprinkle of powdered sugar to give your Thumbprint Cookies a special touch.

1. Baklava Cookies

This Baklava Cookie recipe is so much easier than making traditional Baklava. The best part is that the nut filling tastes just like what you know and love.

Using a soft cake mix cookie in combination with the crunchy nut filling is magical. You are going to want to add this thumbprint cookie to your holiday baking list today!

A wood cake plate is topped with Baklava Cookies that are filled with baklava nut filling and drizzled with a honey glaze.

2. Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

This easy Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookie recipe is fabulous because it is a little sweet and a little sour. The lemon curd adds an amazing element that helps balance the sweetness.

Adding a sprinkle of powdered sugar is all these babies need for true perfection. I prefer using store bought lemon curd but here is a recipe for easy lemon curd that anyone can make.

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies on a baking sheet that are sprinkled with powdered sugar and one of the cookies have a bite taken out of it.

3. Pomegranate Truffle Cookies

I can’t say enough great things about these Pomegranate Cookies. The easy chocolate cake mix cookie is made into a sophisticated treat with the addition of a truffle filling and pomegranate seeds.

The creamy truffle filling, along with the crunch from the pomegranate seeds is a fabulous combination. This cookie is perfect for any occasion.

A bunch of Pomegranate Truffle Cookies that start with a cake mix, are filled with creamy chocolate ganache and pomegranate seeds.

4. Strawberry Jam Cookies

This simple Strawberry Jam Cookie is a show stopper! It is the definition of how keeping things simple is best. A cake mix cookie, strawberry jam and drizzle of white chocolate is all you need for these awesome sweet treats.

Make them super easy by using store bought strawberry jam or make your own jam. Either way these cookies will be a favorite no matter where you take them.

Easy Strawberry Jam Cookies are on a black cake plate.  The cookies are drizzled with while chocolate and a couple of fresh strawberries are on the plate.

5. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies are an awesome version of a thumbprint cookie. A red velvet cake mix cookie is rolled in sugar and filled with cheesecake before being baked. The combination of soft cookie, crunchy sugar and creamy cheesecake is out of this world.

You are going to want to make this cookie recipe over and over again. Whether you make them for yourself or take them to a party they are sure to be a hit.

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6. Buckeye Brownie Cookies

If the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is your thing then this Buckeye Brownie Cookie is for you! A brownie cookie that starts with a mix is topped with the perfect peanut butter truffle and chopped peanuts.

It is like eating a peanut butter cup only so much better! You won’t be able to get enough!

A plate full of Buckeye Brownie Cookies that start with a brownie mix and are topped with chocolate covered peanut butter truffles and chopped peanuts.

7. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

If a pb & j is more your speed than these Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies are going to make you a very happy person!

A peanut butter cake mix cookie is rolled in chopped peanuts and filled with your favorite jam for both a flavor and texture explosion.

A stack of 3 PB & J Cookies that are made with a cake mix, rolled in chopped peanuts and filled with jam.

So now all you have to do is grab your favorite recipes and head to the kitchen to start baking. Any of these easy and incredible thumbprint cookies are going to be ones that you come back to over and over again. Enjoy!!

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