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Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These easy raspberry chocolate thumbprint cookies are small bites of chocolatey goodness that are indented and filled with a raspberry chocolate ganache. The combination of textures from chewy cookies to creamy ganache filling is what makes these cookies so special.

The raspberry jam and the lemon zest combined in the chocolate ganache provide a lovely complexity of flavour.  Thumbprints are fun for any time of year but they are typically enjoyed around the holidays. You can get creative with the ganache flavour and swap the raspberry jam for something else like peanut butter or lemon curd. Or you can try other jam flavours like strawberry, blueberry or apricot. I used a seedless raspberry jam in my experimenting but if you like texture in your cookies a jam with seeds will be great.

It’s summertime right now while I’ve been working on this classic Christmassy recipe. It’s hard to think about December when it’s warm, bright and sunny in Ontario right now. I am spending a lot of time browsing other creators’ blogs and saving recipes that look perfect for hosting parties this summer.

A Few Inspiring Recipes

After months of lockdown in Canada, I am dreaming of bonfires and summer evenings with friends. I am dreaming of morning get-togethers with my son’s friends and their parents, complete with a kiddie pool in the backyard for the kids to play in. I’m dreaming of stepping into a cool air-conditioned house in the early afternoon to escape the heat and enjoy some food together.

I want to share here a few recipes from other bloggers that are inspiring me to feel hopeful for getting together with people again this summer, catching up on all the lost time.

Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Notes

Do thumbprint cookies need to be refrigerated?

No, this recipe does not require refrigeration of the dough before baking. You can choose to put the baked cookies in the fridge or leave them in an airtight container on the counter. I love how they taste when they’re cold out of the fridge.

Why do thumbprint cookies spread? 

Thumbprint cookies may spread if the recipe doesn’t have enough flour in it.

Do thumbprint cookies freeze well?

Yes, for sure! These are perfect cookies to make ahead of time or to stock up in your freezer.   Pull them out when guests are coming over.

Why do thumbprint cookies crack?

Thumbprint cookies can crack as you press to indent them when the dough has dried out a bit or has begun to stiffen. To prevent this, I recommend making the indentation immediately after rolling each ball of dough. Press very gently. If it cracks slightly, I just reroll that ball. As it softens and warms in my hands, I find it solves the problem.

Kids Love to Help Make Cookies!

Kids love to dive in and help make thumbprint cookies! The perfect time to invite them into your baking endeavour is when it’s time to press the indentations into the cookies. If you have young children with shorter attention spans, I have found that it works well to invite them to join you for one small part of the baking process. They feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a small step and seeing their creations go into the oven.

Baking with children always requires a little planning and a lot of patience. It also makes a bigger mess but it really is worth it. This is the perfect recipe to make with your children.

How to Make Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour together with cocoa powder and salt until well combined.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, one egg and vanilla extract.

Roll the dough into small 2 tsp sized balls and arrange on a prepared cookie sheet. Place about 12 cookies per sheet.

Make a small imprint in the centre of the cookies with your thumb, back of a teaspoon or with the rounded end of a wooden spoon. Bake for 7-8 minutes.

When you have the last tray of cookies in the oven, begin to melt baker’s chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan with the heavy cream. Once melted, stir in lemon zest and jam.

Once the cookies have cooled slightly, add a small dollop of the chocolate raspberry ganache to the centre indentation made in the thumbprint cookies. Allow the ganache to cool and to set in the cookie.

Enjoy!

Additional Recipe Notes for Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

  • When the cookies come out of the oven sometimes a few of the cookies lose their defined indentation in the centre. I will just press the centre gently with the end of a wooden spoon or similar kitchen tool to reinforce the indentation of the cookies while they’re still warm. (Press carefully to prevent splitting the side of the cookie.)
  • I use a seedless raspberry jam in the ganache for a creamy texture.
  • I begin to make the ganache when the last tray of cookies are in the oven because you want to distribute the ganache between the cookies while it’s still slightly warm and not allow it to set and cool in the saucepan.

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Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Easy Raspberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Christy Faber
These easy thumbprint cookies are small bites of chocolatey goodness that are indented and filled with a raspberry chocolate ganache. The combination of textures from chewy cookie to the creamy ganache filling is what makes these cookies so special. The raspberry jam and the lemon zest combined in the chocolate ganache provides a lovely complexity of flavour.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 48 Cookies
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate Raspberry Ganache

  • 6 oz semi sweet baker’s chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp raspberry jam seedless
  • Zest from one lemon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix flour together with cocoa powder and salt until well combined.
  • In a separate medium sized bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, one egg and vanilla extract.
  • Roll the dough into small 2 tsp sized balls and arrange on a prepared cookie sheet.   Place about 12 cookies per sheet.
  • Make a small imprint in the centre of the cookies with your thumb, back of a teaspoon or with the rounded end of a wooden spoon. Bake for 7-8 minutes.
  • When you have the last tray of cookies in the oven, begin to melt baker’s chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan with the heavy cream. Once melted, stir in lemon zest and jam.
  • Once the cookies have cooled slightly, add a small dollop of the chocolate raspberry ganache to the centre indentation made in the thumbprint cookies. Allow the ganache to cool and to set in the cookie.
  • Makes approximately 48 cookies (4 dozen small cookies).

Notes

When the cookies come out of the oven sometimes a few of the cookies lose their defined indentation in the centre. I will just press the centre gently with the end of a wooden spoon or similar kitchen tool to reinforce the indentation of the cookies while they’re still warm. Press carefully to prevent splitting the side of the cookie.
I use a seedless raspberry jam in the ganache for a creamy texture.
I begin to make the ganache when the last tray of cookies are in the oven because you want to distribute the ganache between the cookies while it’s still slightly warm and not allow it to set and cool in the saucepan. 
Keyword Chocolate cookies, healthy cookies, healthy snacks, Thumbprint Cookies

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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