Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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.

That was before I tried the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, made from real simple ingredients (you know I’m all about simple) like a delicious 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!

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

My chocolate and walnut cookie is 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 over dramatic?  Not at all!  It’s like a little slice of heaven on earth!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

When I mentioned to my daughter that I was going to try the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in my cookie recipe, she informed me that she’s been using it exclusively for years and loves it.  Then I let her in on the secret that it was new and improved.  Ha!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies - My favorite holiday cookie!

4.8 from 8 reviews
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • ½ cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat I Can't Believe It's Not 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 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 center is set.
  9. Combine the first 4 filling ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth.
  10. Spoon ¼ 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.

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?

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® can also be used for spreading on blueberry muffins, multigrain toast, topping corn on the cob, and sauteing veggies. For more great-tasting recipes, click here!

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


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  1. It’s Wednesday morning and I am already craving dessert. These Chocolate Thumbprint cookies look delicious.
    Kim recently posted…Lord, Teach Us to Pray – A Guide to Prayer Taught by JesusMy Profile

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

  3. These look delicious!!

  4. these look amazing!

  5. 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!
    Shirley Wood recently posted…Waffle Iron Corn BreadMy Profile

    • 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!

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

  7. 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!
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  8. 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!
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  9. 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.
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  10. Chastity King says

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

  11. 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!
    Zan recently posted…Handprinted Thanksgiving Place Cards – Toddler/Preschooler ActivityMy Profile

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

  13. 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 🙂
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  14. 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. 🙂

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

  16. Oh my gosh – my mouth is watering right now! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you Alli 🙂
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  17. 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

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

  19. This looks wonderful. I’ve made similar cookies before, but I haven’t tried it with a butter substitute…will give this a try.
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  20. 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
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  21. These look beyond delicious!

  22. These look delicious and perfect for a cookie exchange party! I just pinned this to try later!
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  23. They look yummy! Will definitely try them

  24. Oh my goodness. These look so good! Now I want cookies 🙂
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  25. Yum!! Cant wait to try them!

  26. They look and sound delicious!
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  27. Oh my this looks wonderful. Never tried I can’t believe it’s not butter, after seeing this I will give it a try!!!!

  28. 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!

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

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

  31. 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!
    Kristen from The Road to Domestication recently posted…Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

  32. Those look amazing! Wish I could try through the computer 🙂
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  33. 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!
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  34. felicia izzard says

    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.

  35. Alli, these look so delicious! I can’t believe it works. I also love the filling that you add before putting in the chocolate kiss. That makes this recipe look so much better than the regular. Delish! Pinned.
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  36. 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.
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  37. They look super delicious!! Adding these to my holiday baking list. Thanks so much 🙂

  38. 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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