Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

I am definitely on a chocolate and cherry kick.  That combination is so amazing and when I think of a sweet treat lately, it’s the first think that pops into my head.  Maybe it is pregnancy.  Maybe it is how wonderful the two are together.  Maybe it is some sort of subconscious thought because I have a delicious homemade cherry filling in my fridge.  Who knows!  But, for whatever reason, I recently dove into the world of chocolate and cherry once again.  Today I am sharing  the fine little Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies that resulted…


The chocolate cookie is a base cookie dough recipe I found in one of the many Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies publication.  (Does anyone else collect those magazines year after year?).  The cherry thumbprint filling is the almost-cherry-pie filling I made and canned last summer using our sour cherries.  Any cherry pie filing will do.  The chocolate glaze is…while the icing on top so to speak.  It sorta pulls it all together!



Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints
makes about 4 dozen cookies

1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup shortening
2 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
cherry pie filling
chocolate glaze (see below)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, and cream cheese using an electric mixer on medium to high, about 30 seconds or until creamy. Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, beating until combined. Scrape bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer, stirring in the remaining with a wooden spoon.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls . Roll the cookie in the white sugar and place about one inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Gently make an indentation in each cookie using your thumb. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon cherry pie filling into each thumbprint. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, until the edges are set. Cool on the cookie sheet for one minute and remove to a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Glaze

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ounce (1 square) unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
2-4 Tbsp heavy cream (or whole milk)

Mix ingredients until a drizzle consistency is reached. Pour the glaze into a plastic storage bag and clip a tiny hole in the corner. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cookies. Allow to set before storing in an airtight container.


chocolate-cherry-cookiesI hope you love this little cookie as much as we did!  Have a great weekend!



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I'm Anne. I am the creator and keeper of Circus Berry--part party design business and part lifestyle blog where you can find party inspiration, home decor ideas, food and drink recipes, lots of crafts and DIY, photography, and life in general. I live outside of Buffalo, NY with my husband, three kids (two daughters and a son), and our dog. I have a passion for sunshine, good food, flavorful drinks, things that shine, alt rock, fitness, celebrations and the color blue.
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