Thumbprint cookies made with chopped cherries are slightly sweet and easy to eat! Each little cookie is filled with a milk chocolate kiss to make them extra special! These are colorful cookies that can be enjoyed all year long!
When I think of thumbprint cookies, I think of the cookies my mom makes for Christmas. You are probably familiar with them too. They are rolled in walnuts and filled with a variety of jelly flavors.
Personally, those are not my favorite thumbprint cookies. My favorite kind of thumbprint cookies have chocolate in them! You with me?
What Are Cherry Thumbprints?
Cherry thumbprints are soft, rolled cookies that are sweetened with chopped maraschino cherries and are baked just until set. When the cookies come out of the oven, a Hershey Kiss is placed right into the center of each cookie. The indentation made by the chocolate is just like a thumbprint right in the center!
What Do I Need To Make These Cookies?
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-Purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Maraschino cherries
- Hershey’s Kiss
How To Make Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
STEP ONE – Preheat oven to 350. Remove wrappers from Kisses, set aside.
STEP TWO – 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.
STEP THREE – Shape dough into one-inch balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges have set.
STEP FOUR – Remove from oven and place one Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to set on on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a baking rack to cool completely.
How To Store Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
I am willing to wager that these cookies won’t last very long! The best way to store these thumbprint cookies is by placing them in even layers separated by parchment paper in an airtight container. The cookies will last 3-4 days.
You can also store the cookies as mentioned above and then place the cookies in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- It is important that your butter is not too soft when you prepare the cookies. If your butter is too soft, your cookies will spread. It is always an option to place your dough in the refrigerator fr 30-60 minutes prior to rolling if you believe your batter is too soft.
- Maraschino cherries have a lot of liquid in them and will turn your cookies pink. Feel free to pat your cherries dry with a paper towel if they have too much liquid.
- If your dough becomes too sticky, use floured hands to roll out the cookies.
- I used a tablespoon to scoop my dough and was able to get about 36 cookies total.
- I used milk chocolate kisses, but you could any variety; there are so many seasonal options available. This recipe will work with almost any kind of candy! Dove chocolate, truffles, Snickers, Milky Ways…all good options. I would avoid anything with mint or peanut butter; neither complements the cherry flavor of the cookies
Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies made with chopped cherries are slightly sweet and easy to eat! Each little cookie is filled with a milk chocolate kiss to make them extra special! These are festive cookies that can be enjoyed all year long!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/3 cup chopped Maraschino cherries
- 36 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 350. Remove wrappers from Kisses, set aside.
- 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.
- Shape dough into one-inch balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges have set.
- Remove from oven and place on Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes.
- Remove from cookie sheets and let cool on a baking rack.
Serving Size1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 97Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 13mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 1g
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
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!
Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says
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!
Erin | The Law Student's Wife says
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!
These look so delicious! I never thought to use the hugs to top a thumbprint cookie!
Thank you Stephanie!
Meg Robins de Haan says
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!
Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat says
I love thumbprint cookies! These look amazing!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
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!
Paula @Call Me PMc says
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!
Gloria Phillips says
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!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
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.
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!
Julie Evink says
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!
I fully support Lego addictions! 🙂
It is a good hobby, I admit!
Lego addictions should be fully supported 🙂 Just as these cherry cookies!
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!! 🙂
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!!
Jessi @ Practically Functional says
Mmmm, these look super delicious! Pinning this, and thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These cookies are so fun Tanya! We just started buying Legos this past year and oh.my.gosh! I don’t understand how plastic can be so expensive!!! Pinned 🙂
Lilah | NaturallyFrugalicious.com says
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. https://www.sweetsillysara.com/2014/01/tell-me-about-it-tuesday-3.html
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!
OMG I love these cookies…they look delish and are oh so pretty! Just gave this great post a shout out! Happy Thursday!
Awe that is so sweet Marilyn! Thanks for the shout out!