Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

Katrina Freed


The secret to these great cookies is the oatmeal and the melted chocolate chips. Being my husband's favorite cookies from his childhood, I have perfected the recipe since my mother in law gave it to me years ago. A few little tips on melting chocolate and how to drizzle it on without a mess may be helpful to others!

Use a cup to hold your plastic bag in place and scrape the chocolate easily into it. If you do not have a pastry bag, a simple baggie will do. Just cut a tiny piece of the end off and use it to squeeze the chocolate onto the cookies... much easier than the original splatter

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These cookies are a chocolate lovers dream cookie! Adding melted chocolate to the cookie intensifies the flavor. Soft and chewy, I'm reminded of a chocolate covered cherry with each bite. We know we eat with our eyes first, and creating a thumbprint cookie with the cherry in the middle is adorable. Drizzling chocolate across the top, makes you want to take a big bite. I can tell why these are a crowd pleaser. They're easy to make and packed with chocolaty goodness! The Test Kitchen

★★★★★ 5 votes
Makes 3-1/2 dozen
30 Min
10 Min


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3/4 c
2/3 c
butter (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons)
1 tsp
2 c
chocolate chips (divided)
2 c
oatmeal, uncooked
1 1/2 c
1 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1 jar(s)
maraschino cherries, 8 oz.

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies


  • 1Cut butter into pats and beat with electric mixer until creamy, then add sugar.
  • 2While butter is mixing drain cherries and cut each in half.
  • 3Beat sugar and butter till blended then add eggs and vanilla. Beat till smooth.
  • 4Mix in dry ingredients.
  • 5Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in 30 second intervals at half power in a glass bowl in the microwave till smooth and creamy.
  • 6Add melted chocolate to cookie dough and mix well.
  • 7Using a small cookie scoop make evenly sized cookies and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  • 8Using your thumb make an impression and fill with half a cherry.
  • 9Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and allow to cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to wax paper.
  • 10When cookies cool, melt remaining cup of chocolate chips in the microwave then transfer to a pastry bag and drizzle onto each cookie.

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About Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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