Thumbprint Cookies

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These butter cookies are the epitome of soft and chewy goodness! They’re like little canvases waiting to be filled with your favorite flavors—dulce de leche, Nutella, pistachio paste, you name it! Plus, they’re perfect for creating adorable cookie gift boxes.

Imagine baking and decorating these delightful thumbprint cookies—each one a chewy, buttery delight! With a base reminiscent of chewy sugar cookies, the best part is filling them with whatever tickles your taste buds. Raspberry jam, pistachio butter, Nutella, dulce de leche—the options are limitless!

Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy, which takes about one minute. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract to the creamed mixture and mix until evenly combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl down again if needed.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and wrap it tightly. Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • After chilling, take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls. Place them on a baking sheet, leaving some space between each, and press down in the center with your thumb to make a hole. You can also use a tablespoon measuring spoon to create the indentation.
  • Bake at 375°F for about 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  • If the cookies have risen while baking, use the tablespoon measure to press down again in the center to flatten.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely to room temperature, then fill and decorate them to your heart’s content!

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