Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Sprinkles. Everywhere.

chocolate thumbprint cookies

Stuck in the cracks of our placements, bleeding red and green dye under our fingernails, and sticking to my bare feet.

It’s the kind of thing where you say to yourself, “Why did I do that again?”

Not the cookies.

I mean the kids. The kids doing the cookies. In our apartment

And then the neighbors getting invited in from their peeking post at the window. The shyness. The laughter. The little hands that made their way into sticky mouths.

The lack of a vacuum cleaner.

I’m still sweating.

Highlight reel includes:

  1. Chocolate. Chocolate frosting.
  2. Our sweet, shy neighbor kids accepting the invite to join us.
  3. Realizing they didn’t know what to do with frosting when they started eating it. Straight up. Either that or they’ve been spying on me for the last few months.
  4. My girls, my students, laughing.
  5. My girls laughing so much that it got a little annoying.
  6. Team sprinkle cleanup and the discovery that we do indeed have a broom. #itsbeenfivemonths
  7. Sweating nonstop. I think it helps for losing weight in between cookies or something.

chocolate thumbprint cookies

Then I took these glamour shots of the frosted, sprinkled, cutie pie cookies in some pre-typhoon light.

Yeah, like Super Typhoon Bopha that ripped through the Philippines earlier this week. That happened. {FYI: we stayed safe here in Cebu as the storm passed mostly to the south of us. But let’s all please send our thoughts and prayers to the communities in the neighboring islands who lost homes, and also the families who lost loved ones. Although the storm was far less destructive than it could have been, there are many people who experienced and will continue to experience significant loss.}

chocolate thumbprint cookies

That pre-typhoon light was totally gorgeous. I felt a little distracted and flighty and nervous and all, as I often do about these typhoon sorts of things. Power went out mid-shoot at which point I started to put my stuff away, at which point I realized that you don’t need electricity for a food photo shoot. What?! Somehow that was stressful.

The wind picked up. Just when I thought it wasn’t possible, the light got even better. Sprinkles were flying in the wind and squishing between my toes because team sprinkle cleanup didn’t quite pan out like we had hoped, so there’s still sprinkles. Three days later. Everywhere.

Cookie –> mouth. And again.

These are fudgy bliss. Unless you don’t want them to be fudgy, in which case you can bake them on the longer end and let the frosting set longer and you’ll end up with more of a shortbready sort of thing. No further comment.

If you can seriously resist underbaking these, I don’t think I know you.

chocolate thumbprint cookies

4.6 from 10 reviews
Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
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This recipe makes 2-3 dozen cookies.
  • 2 sticks + 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • holiday sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cream the butter and the sugar until smooth. Add the ⅓ cup cocoa powder and mix until incorporated.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Roll into small balls and make an indent with your thumb in the center of the ball. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until dry looking and lightly cracked on the surface but still very soft. I left mine a little bit underdone so they were softer and fudgier, almost like a brownie.
  3. When they come out of the oven, press the centers down again to make a more defined well for the frosting. Allow to cool.
  4. Whisk the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, hot water, and vanilla. Spoon the frosting into the centers of the cookies and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set before storing in tins.
Store at room temperature or in the freezer after the frosting has set. The recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.


PS. I tried/started/practiced making a video on my iPhone. Fun times! What do you cool kids think are the best movie making apps?

And no, those are not my pajamas. Nope nope nope.

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  1. Love love love! Anything with mint is awesome! 😉

  2. Oh my, I am swooning over that picture with the fudge dripping down!

  3. That last picture is just perfect. Can I get a typhoon over here in NY if it means that kind of light (minus all the destruction of course).

  4. These look fabulous!

  5. So glad to hear that you guys are okay; the pictures of the devastation look terrible and the numbers of people killed/homes destroyed do seem to have gone up hugely in the last couple of days. My thoughts are with everyone.

    Awkward segue into how cute & delicious these cookies look (but they do).

    • I’ve heard from people “on the front lines” that it’s even worse than what we’ve seen in the newspapers because there is no coverage in the villages that were hit the hardest. I have a few friends who will be going to distribute shipments of food to the areas hardest hit later this month and I think there is a fair amount of relief aid active in the region now, but not nearly enough. All that to say, thanks for caring about these people who are hurting. It’s kind of overwhelming.

  6. I bet those girls had so much fun baking with you! It’s a memory they will never forget I’m sure and look back on fondly.

    The cookies look super cute and easy. I bet my kids would have lots of fun making these.

    Great recipe!

  7. Mary Mork says:

    How fun!…and messy! I wish I could have been there for the decorating party! The girls are so darling! The cookies look great too. Proud of you Lindsay-girl…and I sure do miss you! :/

    love you – mom

  8. Those look like some crazy fun cookies to do with kids!

  9. I want to just smoosh my thumb into one of those cookies and then smoosh it into my mouth :) They look fabulous! love all the sprinkles and the oozy filling!

  10. Those cookies look so delicious and Christmas-y! :)

  11. I’m so glad to hear you are safe, but will definitely keep families in the affected communities in my thoughts!
    Ohhh sprinkles. Why is it that the most fun things in life are often the messiest?
    My mom made jam thumbprints every year at Christmas growing up, so thumbprint cookies have a very special place in my heart. Love your mint-chocolate take!

  12. I watched my 3 cousins last weekend and we decorated cookies…I didn’t realize going into it that they would decorate, eat, decorate, eat, etc. until I told them they had to decorate a few and save them for their parents!
    Lots of giggling = precious.

  13. I’m happy to hear that you’re okay and my thoughts are with those affected.

    And these cookies look magical. And those sprinkles… you found those in Cebu?! Or you’re just a good planner? Absolutely love the filling.

  14. Kieran watched this with me during recess. She was so happy to hear your voice!

  15. These look like the perfect Christmas cookie. I’m going to try these with some peppermint extract.

  16. I think you did a wonderful job on your video…so personalized! Haven’t found any quirky apps yet for videos, but I am on the hunt :) These cookies look amazing and so glad you all are safe!

  17. I bet those girls loved baking (and spilling sprinkles) with you! These cookies are adorable and that frosting looks fantastic!

  18. The first thing I noticed when I saw this post was the lighting and how different it was for you. I love it though! The pictures are beautiful (as always!)
    The cookies look fantastic and I’m so glad there are people like me out there who like things underbaked; I was seriously just thinking about this today after baking intentional slightly underbaked bars… haha.
    Good luck with the sprinkle mess. :) You guys are so kindhearted it’s amazing!

  19. Oh I love the photos in this post! Gorgeous and those cookies look so good!

  20. That frosting looks so good! I can imagine why those girls couldn’t stop tasting it! I wouldn’t either.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the typhoon. So sad to hear about that.

  21. These look like fudgy bliss! And I love the picture with the bite taken out of the cookie. That is so how I roll : )

  22. Loved your video. And these cookies look delicious!

  23. Watching your video is so cool. As is everything about your blog. And I don’t even bake (hardly ever) and I still enjoy it!

  24. The photos of the girls decorating is priceless. What a fun time you all must of had! Your iPhone video is great! I’ve never seen thumbprint cookies filled with icing before and I love the idea.

    I’m glad that you made it through the typhoon without any damage. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who were not so fortunate. May relief from the destruction and the loss they have suffered come soon for all of them.

  25. Another killer recipe!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Will be trying these tomorrow! :)) Thank you Lindsay!!

  26. These look amazing! Hmm…don’t have any suggestions on the video app front.

  27. I am saving these to make hopefully this holiday season!! I love mint so they should be gone pretty fast!

  28. Those look so wonderful. Great picture.

  29. M.J. Jacobsen says:

    Just found your site, and I love it! I’m enjoying going through all the previous posts, and looking forward to new ones!

  30. Kandy Donnelly says:

    Stomach full of chocolate goodness. Love the balance between the cookie not being too sweet and the sweetness of the frosting. Can’t wait to share (must share, must share :o).

  31. Love the video! I’ve started using my phone too. It sure is easy and I like that it adjusts to the light as well.

    These look absolutely scrumptious and so pretty! What a wonderful neighbour you are.

  32. I bet those girls had a blast! Cookie-making is fun, but it’s 10x more awesome with a bunch of giggling girls!

  33. I don’t which is cuter: the ADORBS lil cookies or the ADORBS kids!! Isn’t baking with kids the best/worst??? Granted, I usually bake with four-year-olds which = sneezes and germs and “can we eat the flour?” and “can we eat the raw eggs??” and “can we draw in the piles of spilled flour and raw eggs???”

    So festive and cute!!!

  34. What a fun activity to do with the girls, even with all the sweat! These cookies are gorgeous too!

  35. Hi !! i just wanna know for the number one instruction, when i add the cocoa powder, is it the 3 tbsp OR the 1/3 cup that i use ??!!! :O
    It’s a little bit confused, but i’ll make this recipe for christmas for sure 😉
    Thanck you !!

  36. I love iMovie app for videos and I can’t wait to try these cookies!

  37. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  38. We made these cookies over the weekend- they are seriously amazing. Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as yours, but these are definitely a new Christmas cookie in our house! Thank you! Happy Holidays!

  39. Christie-Anne Wolmarans says:

    Hi, I am from South Africa – read about you on twitter last night x How much is 2 sticks of butter 250g?

  40. Hi :) I’m about to make these cookies for a farewell party! They look incredible and I hope they taste as good as they look. Just a quick question… Do you use salted or unsalted butter for the cookie?

    Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try these 😀 😀

  41. Hey there! I just made these but when I take them out of the oven there is no thumbrint, just a regular cookie! any suggestions? otherwise the recipe is great-the cookies alone are delicious :)

  42. Wonderful idea,these cookies reminds me that Christmas is coming 😉

  43. Jenny Blaylock says:

    These look delicious. I’m thinking of trying a ganache for the frosting??? What do you think?

  44. I’m super disappointed. I tried to make these twice and both times they came out of the oven very flat. I tried baking them less and they still spread. So cute. :0(

  45. Can you make the dough ahead of time?

  46. I use a one fourth or one half round teaspon to make the indention. Can dip in flour so it doesnt stick to the dough. This way the indention is perfectly round.

  47. Thanks for the recipe! I just made these and the instructions were so simple. I also love that the ingredients are just common already-in-the-pantry ingredients. Following your blog now!

  48. Mine came out flat too

    • Abbey Cook says:

      Such a bummer. I was so excited to make them. I asked a local baker and she said to omit the baking soda and powder. I don’t have the time to re-try before my party. Anyone else try with out the “bakings”

      • It is working better without the bakings, thanks

        • I was determined to have these for my Christmas Open House so I tried again this weekend with out the “bakings” they worked great! Unfortunately I went through two batches before figuring this out. Baking is always an experiment.. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t! Glad to have these to add to my dessert display!

  49. I made this recipe and they came out really well. They rose beautifully and I used a measuring round teaspoon to improve the indentation after baking. That seemed to work just fine. Better than my clumsy thumb. Speaking of thumbs, My husband gave them 2 big ones up, so it will be a keeper. The only thing I noticed was my yield was much more than stated and I didn’t even make the cookies as small as pictured ( as far as I can tell, anyway.) ultimately that meant I needed more glaze/icing. But that is not a big deal. I am new to this blogging thing and I am not trying to compete with anyone or even make any income. Just sharing my favorite recipes. I am not sure about the protocol,but I assume I can put a link to your site on my blog if I want to talk about these cookies. I see that on many food blogs. Anyway, just wanted to tell you how delicious these cookies were. They will be a welcome addition to my holiday baking list (which is getting incredibly long these days) thanks to Pinterest. Take care!

  50. Hi, my first batch came out flat as a pancake as well but oh so yummy! I experimented a little and found that putting the dough in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes before rolling out into balls. Oh, and I didn’t do the 1st thumprinting. I baked them as balls and after about 8 minutes, took them out and did my thumprinting then. Came out perfect! Plus, saved myself a step :-). Thank you so much for this recipe! My girls can’t wait to help me frost and sprinkle them.

    • Thanks for the feedback Chi! It seems like there are so many factors that go into baking, so thanks for the tips in case others have the flat issue as well. Merry Christmas!

  51. Are there no eggs in these? I just mixed the butter/sugar/cocoa mixture with the flour mixture, and it seems very dry :( but I am sort of able to make balls… Help??

  52. What makes these mint?

    • Nothing, does it say mint somewhere? Maybe you’re reading mini as mint? :) They’d be great as MINT though, with a few drops of peppermint extract! yum!

  53. What a wonderful recipe!! I made these today and they came out absolutely delicious! I already had the ingredients at my house, so they were so easy to make!! Thank you!

  54. Made these and gave them out for Christmas! They were heavenly and everyone else agreed. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  55. These are fantastic, they bake up beautifully and are really fun to make! The icing is so easy and the perfect consistency when it’s set. Thanks for the recipe!!

  56. I thought I had an original idea with the mint till I read the other comments. :) Just made these and enjoyed mint extract and peppermint extract (I think peppermint was just a little better) and a few Andes baking bits on top – fabulous. I overbaked these a touch on accident, but next time will watch closer. I made them a bit larger (also accident) so it was hard for me to gauge just the right time, but as a rule I always like cookies a touch underdone. Thanks for a unique recipe. :)

  57. I made these tonight and they were absolutely wonderful! I really enjoyed the fudginess of the cookie and the frosting. I think next time I’ll add peppermint essential oil to the frosting!

  58. I baked these yesterday, but my cookies sadly did not retain their shape, but they tasted ok.

  59. As I was cooking, I omitted the baking soda and powder as some of the other reviews said to. I did not add an egg (and you don’t have to), though now, looking back, I’d say that would be the first change I would make.

    The dough was very sticky, and you had to mix it quite a bit before it was mixed. Most of it was stuck to the whisk I had used, and I couldn’t get all of it off (expect an unpleasant mess afterwards). So when I had mixed all the dough, I tasted it and it wasn’t very good. After that I had a sinking feeling and was already looking for excuses–the expired cocoa powder, lack of egg, raw flour, etc.

    Rounding the dough into balls was a little difficult. Finding the right size to make was harder. After 6 minutes in the oven, they tasted weird. The cocoa was a bit strong and make them taste and feel like PopTarts.

    The frosting was okay. The sprinkles were okay. The cookies were okay. Throw it all together, and it was a little ‘meh’. I was a little embarrassed, actually. I think you either like it, or you don’t. It’s a very molasses cookie, and a tad bit dry.

    Overall, I didn’t like it. I think some will love it and eat all the dough and frosting before actually combining, and I think others won’t be very tolerant of these cookies at all.

    Bottom Line: sorry, I did not and my family certainly did not like these cookies, or any of the individual parts–frosting or cookie. Again, sorry.

  60. Hello,
    thanks for the recipe, I´ll try it tomorrow and I hope they will be so nice like yours :-).

    kind regards from germany


  61. Hey came across this recipe while surfing the net and i’m so gonna try this soon! Hopefully it’ll be a success like yours :) But i’m a little worried that i’ll be a mess during the storage part. Would the chocolate frostings harden after cooling at room temperature?

    Looking forward to your reply! Thanks!

    • It should get hard enough to be “dry” but it cracks easily so I would suggest storing them carefully, or in a single layer on paper plates or something.

  62. Yum, these are so cute and festive! We are hosting a little mini holiday celebration tonight and I am totally going to make these, thanks!

  63. Donna Howard says:

    Had this recipe for about a year and decided to give it a try this year! It looked a little more complex than my usual!! One problem I had is my cute little cookies did not look like your cute little cookies!! Mine had cracks in them and weren’t as perfectly round. I watched the video – again – and still no success. They taste yum!! And as my husband said, that’s the important thing!!

  64. I made these yesterday. I like a heavier chocolate flavor. I think next time I’ll add a little more cocoa powder to the cookie batter. Also, I filled them with ganache (equal parts chocolate and cream) instead of the frosting. Huge hit! Thanks!

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