Cherry Thumbprint Kiss Cookies

Thumbprint cookies made with chopped cherries and filled with a vanilla filling!  A Hershey’s Kiss candy rests right in the middle!

Cherry thumbprint cookies with vanilla filling and Kiss candies!

My son’s Lego addiction has become quite tiresome.  At first it was cute.  My husband and I encouraged this little hobby.  Lego’s are creative and intelligent.  They require coordination and concentration, perfect for a little boy.  But as the years went on (and money was spent), we realized this little hobby wasn’t going away.  Quite contrary, it got bigger and more expensive.

Cherry thumbprints with chocolate kisses

For Christmas, all my son wanted was Legos.  All he wants for his birthday are Legos.  All he and his friends talk about are Legos.  All he plays with at home are Legos.  All he wants to do when he grows up is design Legos.  I’d be buying him pocket protectors for the future if he weren’t so social and athletic.  Recently, I was fortunate enough to listen to a very long, detailed explanation on how he was going to build an addition to a house he was constructing.  He went on and on about he was going to place a 1×1 brick here or a round piece there and use this sliding piece as a door….that’s about the point that I got glassy eyed.

Cherry thumbprint cookies with Kisses.

I was dreaming about cookies.  These cherry thumbprints Kiss cookies to be exact.  I was thinking about how I’d mix in these cherries here and put some vanilla filling there and add these little Kisses right on top.   I woke up from my little day dream with the realization that my son and I are exactly the same.  We both have obsessions.  They consume us, but we love them.  I will buy him Legos and he will eat my cookies.  All will be copasetic.


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Cherry Thumbprint Kiss Cookies
For the cookies:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ⅓ cup chopped Maraschino cherries
For the filling
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 36 Hershey’s Kiss Hugs
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Remove wrappers from Kisses, set aside.
  2. Beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture alternately with milk. Stir in chopped cherries.
  3. Shape dough into one-inch balls. Gently press your thumb into the center of each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges have set. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheets for about 3 minutes (pressings centers of cookies again if necessary). Remove from cookie sheets and let cool on a baking rack.
  4. To prepare filling, combine butter, sugar, milk and extract in a bowl. Beat until creamy. Using a teaspoon, fill each cookie with filling. Place a Kiss in the center and let set completely before storing.

Recipe adapted from Hershey’s.


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38 Responses

  1. Haha, I remember 4 years ago was the first year we didn’t buy any Legos. It was actually kind of sad. We do still have a GIANT bin of them in the closet, but nobody plays with them anymore. It’s probably worth thousands of dollars though, LOL…or at least that’s what we paid for them it seems! PS> love the cookies :)

    • You have to keep all this Legos!! They probably are worth a ton of money. A retirement option…just saying. Thanks Aimee!

  2. Love these Cherry cookies! You need to bring your son to MN- he would go crazy at the Lego store in the Mall of America! :)

    • Thanks Lisa! I’m not sure we have enough money to go there, he’d buy everything!

  3. Thumbprint cookies have a special place in my heart. You just can’t help loving them! Also, I think your son is destined to be an engineer and outsmart us all!

    • I think he will be something! I do love his passion. Thanks Erin!

  4. These look so delicious! I never thought to use the hugs to top a thumbprint cookie!

  5. My nephews are the same. Lego is an addition and they just keep coming out with so many!!! Now a movie! It never ends.

    • I actually can’t wait for the movie!

  6. My brother and I were lego fanatics when we were kids. Ha, until we stepped on one of the legos. But that pain soon passed and we were back to having fun with legos. Legos are pretty rad. :) So are these cookies. What a great idea, Tanya. Pinning and sharing on social media!

    • Thank you Julie! I guess in a way, it’s good my daughters don’t have the Lego buzz or we’d be broke!

  7. My boys have buckets and buckets full of LEGOs. I hate stepping on them, but I’ll say they save their money and buy most of them now.

    Love this cookie recipe, i’s got the best of everything in it! Pinned!

    • Thanks Paula! My son does buy his own too, unfortunately, they are so darn expensive!

  8. We could so be neighbors! My youngest has every Lego you can think about. He even received a huge box of just bricks for his bday…and I’m always dreaming of cookies! Love how you created and made these so pretty!

    • Thats what I need to get my son, a big bucket of bricks! Thanks Gloria!

  9. I love these cookies, Tanya! At least your son actually plays with the Legos. My son is more of a collector. He always wants lego sets, builds them once, and then they end up torn apart and thrown in with all the rest. He never plays with them on their own, but he always wants more!

    • Thanks Andi! It took a long time to get him to rebuild Legos. He used to just make the sets.

  10. Cute looking cookie! And I agree with the comment above – you need to come to MN to see legoland at the MOA! My girls loved going there.

    • I’d have to take out a second mortgage to go there!! Thanks Deb!

  11. Oh dear Legos? I’d have no input on that hobby! Although my hubs would probably be building with…I agree totally dream about these yummy cookies!

    • I bet your husband would be a Lego Master Builder!

  12. I fully support Lego addictions! :)

  13. Lego addictions should be fully supported :) Just as these cherry cookies!

  14. cookingwithcurls

    Maybe he will grow up to be an architect, or an engineer Tanya! Then he can take care of you in your old age, LOL 😉 Cedar Rapids is full of engineers (Rockwell-Collins is headquartered here) so they have a Lego League in the middle schools. I would much rather eat cookies than play with Lego any day!! :)

  15. Legos ARE expensive!! Every time we have to buy a present for a little boy, that’s the suggestion given by the parents. Makes sense! These cookies look amazing….I think I might be dreaming about them now too!!

  16. Mmmm, these look super delicious! Pinning this, and thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

  17. These cookies are so fun Tanya! We just started buying Legos this past year and! I don’t understand how plastic can be so expensive!!! Pinned :)

  18. We have had 20 years of Lego addiction around here. Started with my oldest son, now married and has moved onto our youngest son, 10. I cannot remember a time when Legos didn’t seem to find their way into every crevice and night time barefoot walk to the bathroom LOL

    And yes, those thumbprint cookies look so yummy. I love your take on them. I think my mouth is watering for them now.

    We would love to have you stop by and share your post on Tell Me About It Tuesday. I think it would be a great addition.

    • I have a love hate relationship with those Legos!! Deep down, I adore them even if I’m stepping on them! Thank you so much Lilah!

    • Awe that is so sweet Marilyn! Thanks for the shout out!


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