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Santa's Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
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Santa's Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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"Thumbprint cookies filled with swirled chocolate, toffee bits and maraschino cherry halves."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 15 mins
  • COOK

    8 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl until well blended; stir in corn syrup, egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add this dry mixture to butter mixture. Blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll each ball in sugar mixture and arrange on a cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make an indentation in center of each cookie.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until just set.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven. If the indentation has grown indistinct, use the top of a spoon and press indentation in further. Immediately place 1 teaspoon white chips into each indentation. After several minutes, swirl the melted chips with a spoon. Top with toffee bits and maraschino cherry halves (if desired). Cool cookies on a wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2004

This cookie is a new family favorite and I will definitely make them again. I omitted the cherries because I had already made some cherry cookies and didn't miss them at all. I also made batches with Andies mints and caramel kisses filling. The cinnamon sugar seemed a strange combination with the chocolate, but the slight cinnamon aftertaste of the cookie is my favorite part.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 10, 2011

These cookies were beautiful to look at, but not as flavorful as I would've liked them to be.


53 Ratings

Dec 11, 2002

These cookies may take a while to make, but they are well worth the effort! I made 12 dozen for a cookie exchange at Christmas, and people are still talking about how awesome they are! Thanks so much, Sallie. I'll be making this one again.

Dec 23, 2005

These cookies came out great and were fun to make with the kids. We did get a little creative with the toppings and strayed from the recipe. We cut Andes Candies in half and put that on top with a small piece of a cherry. (A whole cherry would've been too large.) The cookie itself was soft and chocolaty. They had fun rolling them and making the thumbprint. Then when they were baked they loved putting on the toppings!

Dec 22, 2006

I can't say enough good things about this recipe. I baked these for my Christmas Cookie Gifts and everyone that tried them was absolutely blown away! I had several co-workers of mine and some of my husbands say they were the best cookies they have ever had! I followed the receipe for some, dusted others with cinnamon and added mini-chocolate chips to yet others. Each batch was better than the last. Thanks for starting a Christmas tradition!

Dec 18, 2006

My family has really enjoyed this cookie. They are yummy, easy, and fun to make, but they do take some time after they come out of the oven to 'fill' so plan accordingly. I used a toothpick to swirl the white chocolate after it had melted a bit and because of the short cooking time, found that I had to completly finish each cookie sheet before I put the next in to bake. Be sure and add the half cherry on top, it adds lots of flavor to the cookie. Thanks for the recipe. It will be on my Christmas bake list every year from now on.

Dec 11, 2005

These cookies were delicious was looking for something different. I used the swirled chocolate chips (caramel) and added pecans. Really good!

Nov 17, 2007

I loved this recipe!. I did modify it a bit the second time around. I didn't use the cherries & I substituted regular chocolate instead of white. This batch came out very rich & chocolatey!


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  • Calories
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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