Thumbprint cookies are staple on holiday cookie plates. These cookies take the thumbprint to a new level with a chocolate-y, coffee flavor and a bright, fruity center.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 13 cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade


  1. In small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another small bowl, dissolve espresso powder into hot water.
  2. In bowl of standing mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg yolk, once combined add in espresso mixture.
  3. Add in about 1/2 of flour and mix together on low speed, then add in rest. Continue to mix on low until dough comes together. Transfer dough to medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap chill for at least 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Scoop out about 1 tablespoons of dough (1 ounce), roll into ball and press your thumb into center of cookie. Fill center of cookie with about 1/4 teaspoon of jam or enough to fill cookie indentation.
  6. Bake for about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


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  1. Dell Gary said:

    I bought cookies, so now looking for recipe to give to person in exchange gifts for Christmas is the plans of social get together. I am not a cook, So thank you for this recipe. I could put cake icing in jelly places.

  2. realbutter said:

    Hi Lorr – You can use either strawberry jam or orange marmalade to fill in the cookies at the end. They are both represented by the word “jam.” Sorry for any confusion!

    • Shayna said:

      Thanks for the clarification! These look so good!

  3. Shayna said:

    These cookies were perfect for my math project!