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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

Soft chewy chocolate thumbprint cookies filled with chocolate pie filling and drizzled in melted chocolate!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 2 ounces Chocolate Almond Bark or chocolate melting wafers


  • In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Add cocoa, salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour. Mix until combined.
  • Roll dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Place on greased baking sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of cookie to make a well. Place two cherries in each cookie.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Melt chocolate almond bark according to package directions. Drizzle over cookies. Let the chocolate set and serve immediately or store in an air tight container.


Can you make the dough ahead?
Yes, you can make it a day ahead and refrigerate it. Allow it to warm up at room temperature before you form the balls.
What other kind of filling can you use?
You can use jam or make chocolate thumbprints with a chocolate filling. If you use those, wait to add the filling until after the cookies are baked. You can also use other fruit pie fillings that go with chocolate.
Can you melt chocolate chips for the drizzle instead of almond bark?
I recommend using chocolate almond bark or chocolate wafer melts because they melt better and have a better consistency for drizzling.
Can you use white chocolate for the drizzle?
Yes, white chocolate almond bark would work great if you want to switch it up!


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.9mg