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Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

These cherry cookies are truly one of a kind. Made with homemade maraschino cherries and a dough lightly flavored with almond, these gem-like cookies are true winners.

Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

These chocolate cherry thumbprint cookies are addictive! Buttery chocolate cookies topped with sweet maraschino cherries and ready in 30 minutes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Thumbprint Cookies, Cookies, Fruit Desserts, Maraschino, Nut Cookie, Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 199kcal



  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • tsp. Table salt


  • 1 Stick unsalted butter, softened (8 Tbsp.)
  • ¼ cup Granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. Pure almond extract



  • For the cookies, whisk together flour and salt.
  • Cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on low speed until blended.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Wrap dough in plastic and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls, transfer to prepared baking sheets, spaced 1-inch apart, and indent to make thumbprints.
  • Bake cookies until edges are set, 12–14 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack; indent again if needed.

The Filling

  • Heat cherry liquid in a small saucepan over medium-high to a boil. Whisk together cornstarch and lemon juice, whisk into boiling cherry liquid, and cook until very thick, 5–6 minutes; cool slightly. Spoon filling into cookie indentations and top each with a maraschino cherry; cool completely.


Per cookie, Calories: 199

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories199
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Cholesterol 19mg 7%
  • Sodium 28mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Protein 4g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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