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September 14, 2007

thumbs up to thumbprint cookies!

Filed under: Cooking,taste — emma @ 10:51 pm

thumbs up to thumpbrint cookies

Gotta love ‘em. Most versatile cookies ever. This recipe is from a really great super snobby food blog called Baking Bites that I read occasionally. It’s probably the best thumbprint cookie I’ve made OR eaten. It’s got just the right texture, which is (surprisingly) accomplished with cornstarch. They’re pretty impressive cookies, whatever way you go about them.

Ways to go about thumbprints:

  1. As per the original recipe, fill the unbaked cookies with jam/fruit curd and bake.
  2. Bake unfilled cookies and carefully fill the wells up to the brim with a thin frosting that will harden on top and stay gooey inside. This is especially good if you zest a lemon into the cookie dough, and put a bit of lemon juice into the frosting. Very grownup cookie. I’ll show you some of these eventually. The trick to that frosting is a bit of corn syrup. You’ll laugh but I got the recipe on the back of a dollar package of Christmas cookie cutters I got at the Bloomfield Foodland …. which featured Santa and a six pointed star. Amazing.
  3. Bake unfilled cookies and show off your fancy frosting tips while you pipe in some buttercream frosting. I went for chocolate this time, but have done orange frosting, and vanilla too, and I don’t think there’s really any way to go wrong here.

pipe in that frosting

Chocolate buttercream frosting piped onto vanilla thumbprint cookies.

millions of thumbprints

Raising a cookie army. I quadrupled the recipe. This picture is not all of the cookies!

proud mama

Proud mama with her million cookie babies. Q says “Look at those cute fuckers!” and I agree.


  1. nice. and fancy lookin’ to boot.

    Comment by J — September 16, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  2. What is the recipe for the chocolate buttercream frosting?

    Comment by Glenda — October 22, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  3. Where is the recipe for the cookie itself?

    Thank you

    Comment by Debra — November 28, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  4. Debra — the link to the cookie recipe is in the third sentence of this post.

    Glenda — sorry we’ve slacked on responding about the frosting recipe. i’ll ask emma to post that.

    Comment by q — December 1, 2009 @ 12:19 am

  5. I am looking for that frosting recipe as well. Thanks!

    Comment by Krissie DiMeno — December 17, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  6. need reciepe

    Comment by Eileen — December 20, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

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