Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

by Alli

This post, Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, was sponsored by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are so pretty and delicious. These cookies are easy to make and are perfect for a holiday cookie exchange.

You’ve just got to try my Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies! One bite and you’ll be hooked for life!  I dare say that these are my favorite cookies of all time. But before we rush into the easy recipe, let’s talk butter.

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know that I’ve always been a butter snob. I’ve even begged, pleaded, and politely requested that no substitutes be made for the real deal in my recipes.

I’m making an exception with these cookies. Of course, you can feel free to use butter in this recipe. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is made from simple ingredients (you know I’m all about simple) including a blend of plant-based oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt.  This new recipe is also offered in the original, light, and olive oil varieties.

The best part:  The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread has 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated fat than butter. And because no one can eat just one of my Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, that’s good news!

My chocolate and walnut cookies are not overly sweet, but then you bite into the frosting and the milk chocolate candy center and there’s a burst of sweet, chocolaty goodness.

Am I being overly dramatic?  Not at all!  It’s like a little slice of heaven on earth!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients for Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter OR unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking cocoa
  • salt
  • finely chopped walnuts
  • powdered sugar
  • chocolate kisses

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies - My favorite holiday cookie!

How To Store Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies can be stored for up to three days at room temperature, in an airtight container. If you store these in the fridge, they will keep for up to a week. 

These cookies are the perfect treat to have on hand for the holiday season and especially a cookie exchange party!  And who wouldn’t love to get a tin of these chocolate thumbprints for Christmas?

Helpful Hint:  Don’t forget to try the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for all of your holiday baking!  I like the fact that it’s spreadable straight out of the refrigerator, so there’s no need to wait for it to soften!  Don’t you hate waiting for butter to soften?

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Yield: 2 dozen

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday Cookies - Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for the holidays or any time. These chocolate cookies are rolled in chopped walnuts and topped with a vanilla filling and a kiss.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter OR unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  4. When the dough has chilled for an hour, lightly beat the egg white in a small bowl.
  5. Shape dough into 1" balls; dip in egg white, then roll in finely chopped walnuts.
  6. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Make an indention with thumb in the center of each cookie.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until the center is set.
  9. Combine the first 4 filling ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
  10. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of filling into each warm cookie; gently press a chocolate kiss in the center.
  11. Carefully remove from baking sheet to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 142Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 10mgSodium 64mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g

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What’s your favorite holiday cookie?Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies




Kim November 12, 2014 - 8:28 am

It’s Wednesday morning and I am already craving dessert. These Chocolate Thumbprint cookies look delicious.

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:21 am

These cookies go well with a cup of Joe! 🙂

Rebekah November 12, 2014 - 8:45 am

These cookies are the best! I’ve been using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for years and I like the taste. 🙂

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:21 am

I know you do! You could teach me a thing or two! 🙂

Barbara November 12, 2014 - 8:49 am

These look delicious!!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:20 am

Thanks, Barbara!

Victoria November 12, 2014 - 8:56 am

these look amazing!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:20 am

They really hit the spot when I’m craving chocolate!

Shirley Wood November 12, 2014 - 8:59 am

Well, now I will give ICBINB a try again. Good info on them. Those cookies are calling my name! Thumbprints are always good and yours take it to another level with that filling!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:19 am

The filling and the walnuts really amp up the flavor! Of course, I’m still drooling over your waffle iron corn bread. I’m sharing it on my FB page today. Cornbread is my favorite bread!

Ashley November 12, 2014 - 9:05 am

These look yummy. I can’t wait to try them.

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

They are so yummy!

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) November 12, 2014 - 9:06 am

These look so yummy! I hate to wait for butter to soften but I never thought of using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for baking. I’ll have to give it a try this year!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:17 am

I hate when I forget to take the butter out to soften and try to microwave it and it never gets to the right consistency.

[email protected] One Mom November 12, 2014 - 9:08 am

Those look soooo good! Unfortunately, walnuts break my mouth out. Have you ever tried them with pecans? Just wondering if that would be a good substitute for me!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:16 am

Oh, yes, pecans would make a great substitute.

Susan Mahlburg November 12, 2014 - 9:08 am

I love that these cookies are made with walnuts. Sometimes I find thumbprint cookies to be a little too simple / wanting texture. Besides, I’m on SUCH a walnut kick right now.

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:16 am

I love all nuts, but especially walnuts and pecans and these cookies really deliver on taste.

Chastity King November 12, 2014 - 9:11 am

I love “I Can’t believe It’s Not Butter” and these cookies look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them!!!!!!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 9:15 am

They are so good, Chastity! The grands loved them, too!

Zan November 12, 2014 - 9:15 am

Forget about the butter, let’s talk about the cookies!! LOL! They look so tasty for real! I will have to get some of this butter because I love baking all kinds of junk! And less calories and fat is better for the body anyway!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

They are tasty, Zan! I figured with the less calories and fat I could eat more. 🙂

Holly November 12, 2014 - 9:25 am

They look Delish! Will def have to try them out….next time you make them!

Alli November 12, 2014 - 11:13 am

Hate that you weren’t here last time I made these. 🙂

Tiffany November 12, 2014 - 9:40 am

Oh My! These pictures are mouth-watering. My Kiddies would love to make something like this and get their hands (or thumbs) in the mix 🙂

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:44 am

I have to say that making the thumbprints is a whole lot of fun!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai November 12, 2014 - 10:21 am

These cookies do look heavenly delicious! Now I have a cookie craving and it’s only 7:20am. LOL I am definitely pinning, sharing, tweeting this recipe. 🙂

Life With Lorelai

Alli November 12, 2014 - 11:10 am

It’s hard to see all of the holiday goodies being posted each morning! I always want them all for breakfast. 🙂

Reginia Cordell November 12, 2014 - 11:57 am

Alli these are the PERFECT treat for the upcoming holiday parties. I know these would be a hit.

Alli November 13, 2014 - 5:03 am

They didn’t last long at my house. 🙂

Renee @ Renew Your Space November 12, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Oh my gosh – my mouth is watering right now! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you Alli 🙂

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:45 am

You’re welcome! At least they are a little lower in calories and fat. 🙂

Ashley Sellers November 12, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I’ve been using ICBINB spray & spread for many years. Even my sons enjoy the taste (& spraying it) on toast & pancakes! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Yum

Alli November 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

It’s really good, Ashley! Hope your family loves it as much as my family does!

Amanda {Planning It All} November 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

These look so delicious – I make a similar recipe but I want to try yours!

erlene November 12, 2014 - 12:53 pm

This looks wonderful. I’ve made similar cookies before, but I haven’t tried it with a butter substitute…will give this a try.

Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods November 12, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Cookies are my favorite! Adding this one to my recipe book. Thanks!

Pinning and sharing!

I’d love for you to share this project at my Show Me Saturday party. My readers would love it!
~ Ashley

Alli November 13, 2014 - 5:13 am

I just love your Thanksgiving tablescape, Ashley! You really transformed those thrift store placemats into a work of art!

Kristen November 12, 2014 - 2:01 pm

These look beyond delicious!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:46 am

They really are my fave cookies!

Sarah Sofia Knepp November 12, 2014 - 3:07 pm

These look delicious and perfect for a cookie exchange party! I just pinned this to try later!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:49 am

Thanks for pinning, Sarah!

Debbie November 12, 2014 - 3:51 pm

They look yummy! Will definitely try them

Vashti (Veepeejay) November 12, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Oh my goodness. These look so good! Now I want cookies 🙂

Sally November 12, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Yum!! Cant wait to try them!

WendyKate November 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm

They look and sound delicious!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:47 am

They really are good and now I’m thinking about getting my boots all shined up with your helpful tips!

Melinda November 12, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Oh my this looks wonderful. Never tried I can’t believe it’s not butter, after seeing this I will give it a try!!!!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 5:04 am

They have lots of yummy recipes on their website, Melinda. You can click through to it from my site.

Marilyn November 12, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Wow! Since I’ve taken on most of the baking for my family, I’m always looking for something different to go with the traditional. These Thumbprint cookies get a ‘thumbs-up’ from me!

Alli November 13, 2014 - 4:38 am

Thanks, Marilyn! My family loves them!

Caitlin November 13, 2014 - 6:07 am

These were off the chain!! The cookie itself wasn’t overly sweet and was perfect with the Hershey’s kiss! One of my faves! 😀

Alli November 13, 2014 - 6:40 am

Thanks! I’ll be making them again real soon!

melissa November 13, 2014 - 7:46 am

These cookies look delicious. A perfect cookie to add to my Christmas cookie list.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 13, 2014 - 8:12 am

Those cookies are gorgeous! And I love I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! I have several varieties of it in my fridge right now!

Claire November 13, 2014 - 9:06 am

Those look amazing! Wish I could try through the computer 🙂

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life November 13, 2014 - 9:56 am

What a super fun thumbprint cookie!! And I will have to keep my eye out for that butter spread…I always forget to get my butter out early!

felicia izzard November 13, 2014 - 10:22 am

These look delicious. I am going to bake some for Christmas. You’re right I don’t like to wait until the butter softens. Will add I can’t believe its not butter to my grocery list.

Michelle @ The Complete Savorist November 13, 2014 - 1:34 pm

I have always been a butter snob as well, but these look amazing. I might just have to give this updated spread a try, particularly if I don’t have to wait to bake while the butter softens.

Crystal November 14, 2014 - 9:05 pm

They look super delicious!! Adding these to my holiday baking list. Thanks so much 🙂

Becky Jones November 30, 2017 - 10:12 pm

Just pulled the Thumb Print cookies and they look delicious.
Thanks for posting them and I will look for more.
Becky Jone


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