4.94 from 16 votes

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Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are simple, yet decadent and even elegant holiday cookies that are so easy to put together that even a kid can make them. Or, in this case, even a Platter Talk Kid. 

Chocolate cookies with cherries and drizzles of chocolate
These holiday cookies are all chocolate, with a little cherry!.

About these

I’ve been yearning to put together some new holiday cookie recipes for a few weeks now. Anyone who knows anything about our modern family knows that we love a couple of things above all others: Our boys and our food.

Whenever we get the chance, we love mixing the two together here on Platter Talk, in our kitchen, and once in a while at an eating establishment. There is perhaps no better time to bring kids (or other family/friends) into the kitchen, than over the holiday season.

Two boys making cookies
Most of us with kids live very busy lives. The kitchen is one of the best places we can think of where parents and kids can spend some truly quality time together. All you need are a few ingredients. And maybe a little patience.

Holidays = Food = Family = Love = Fun. Or something like that. 

A boy adding cherries to chocolate cookies


  • Cocoa
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt
  • Eggs
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips
  • All the Love You Can Add

We live a busy life, in all likelihood just like you. If you’re really lucky, you have a hobby or pastime that you really enjoy. We are two working parents with half a baseball team worth of kids,  For us, one of those “side pleasures” involves food. Preparing it, sharing it, and teaching our kids about it, perhaps it’s a family tradition.

a close up of snowball cookies
We love spending time in the kitchen with our kids, especially during the holiday season. As this post that features Scott and his mom shows, it seems that indeed, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

This recipe for Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies comes from another part of our family, our foodie family. Over the past few years, we’ve joined kitchens with some other food bloggers and it has been a great experience on many levels. We have gotten to know many talented folks and like our family at home, they have a great passion for food.  That’s where this recipe comes into play.

Every few months or so, a few of us “virtual foodie friends” get together and recreate a recipe from someone within our group. This month, we had the privilege of being paired with a couple of super-moms who also happen to run a stellar food website on the side. Their site is aptly named Who Needs a Cape? and clearly, they do very well without any such thing. Our task was to recreate a recipe from their site and with a little rearrangement of words, we chose their Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies.

A plate of chocolate cookies
These chocolate and cherry beauties are crowned with a thin slather of melted chocolate.

It never ceases to amaze me how food brings people together and now thanks to the digital world in which we live, this phenomenon occurs, even virtually. These cookies that came from friends we have never even met are a perfect example of the point I’m trying to make.

If kitchen creations can have this effect on people who have never met in person, just imagine the experiences that can be created in your own kitchen with those you love. Try this wonderful treat this holiday season and find out exactly what we mean.

A bunch of cookies
Experience the magic of time in the kitchen this holiday season.

Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

4.94 from 16 votes
Recipe from Who Needs a Cape?
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 21 oz . can cherry pie filling
  • 1 handful chocolate chips, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls, 2 inches in diameter.
  • Place on greased cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper and flatten slightly.
  • Use thumb to create center well and place 2 or 3 cherries in thumbprint.
  • Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes and then cool on wire wrack.
  • Garnish with melted chocolate chips and then serve with cold milk.



Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 104mg, Potassium: 114mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 320IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holidays
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Meet the Platter Talk Guys

Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. These look so delicious! And I love love love the idea of involving kids in the kitchen, especially during holidays! So many of my childhood memories were in the kitchen or with food!