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Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints
Makes:
4 dozen
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
92
minutes
based on
59 reviews
As pretty as they are delicious, these Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprint cookies are an elegant choice for entertaining.

In this recipe:



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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 3/4 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (two 10-oz. jars) maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry

Directions:

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Combine oats, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.

BEAT sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Stir in oat mixture. Cover; refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls; press thumb into tops to make deep depression. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Fill each depression with maraschino cherry.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Melt remaining morsels; drizzle over cookies.


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  •  Star(s)

    For the chocolate lover

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    This is an easy recipe w/a twist to the original recipe..

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    Church Dinner

    Em Lenhart from Acme, PA

    I took these to a Church Dinner, made triple recipe. (Our church only has 150 people in atendence on any given Sunday.) Out of lost of deserts I was one of the few that came home with an empty container. Well worth your time!

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Gaynel Klimek from Republic, OH

    This recipe reminds me of a brownie recipe I made years ago so of course I had to try it. My guy loves anything chocolate/cherry...but I knew it was REALLY good when right after he tasted the first one, he got out a plate and took 5 with him to the couch! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  •  Star(s)

    Gone In 60 Seconds

    Donna Hunt from Cape May, NJ

    I made these for a weekend family get-together and they were the hit of the party! Almost as soon as I brought them out, they were gone! They're very flavorful and relatively easy to make. My son even wanted to help and that doesn't happen often!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Jamie Mayer from

    these cookies were so good and everyone at the party loved them

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Bettyann Becht from SUSSEX, WI

    This is a fabulous recipe! The Nestle's chocolate intertwines so well with the cherries. This certainly is something special for the holidays, but I will make this for every SPECIAL OCCASION! What a keeper!.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Cookie

    Charity Weeks from Middleton, ID

    Everyone loved this cookie and it was easy to make. The dough got a little sticky by the end trying to roll the balls, I might use a little powdered sugar next time to roll and make the thumbprint, but they were great!

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent Cookie

    ANN GRAY from OWASSO, OK

    These were liked by everyone! Easy to make and fast to disappear. This is likely to become a favorite as an anytime cookie in this household.

  •  Star(s)

    SIMPLY TASTEFUL

    WAYNE THOMAS from IVORYTON, CT

    If you never tried them, treat yourself to a little bit of heaven

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

    Jeannine Jeannine from NEWBURGH, NY

    Mine didn't come out as nice looking but they sure tasted good. I tested on my family & when they gave the double thumbs up, brought as my dessert donation for Christmas Eve. Nothing but raves

  •  Star(s)

    My Family Loves These!

    Karla Dewey from STOCKERTOWN, PA

    This is their favorite cookie!! They love these so much that usually these are gone before I can even get to them!

  •  Star(s)

    way gooood!

    billie james from EVANSVILLE, IN

    these were so easy to make! and sooo gooood! the cherry was so pretty on the cookie, tasted sorta like a brownie, and the drizzled chocolate was just the right touch!. my whole family loved them!

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate cherry cookies

    julie DALEY from NEPHI, UT

    I DIDN'T REALLY CARE FOR THESE. I FOUND THEM TO BE VERY DRY.

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate thumbprints.

    gloria Doran from murrells inlet, SC

    My family love these cookies I sometimes use differnt kinds of jams like apricot or raspberry and they still taste great.

  •  Star(s)

    Good but mine were dry

    Cathy Carlson from SILVER CREEK, NY

    I loved this recipe and made them for the first time for the holidays. I followed the recipe exactly but mine came out a bit dry. What could I have done? They still taste good but be sure to have a glass of milk or cup of coffee with them!

  •  Star(s)

    Best Holiday Cookie

    Daphine Bernard from MARKSVILLE, LA

    I will be making this cookie not only for the holidays,it does not have to be a holiday to bake this deliously moist and chocality cookie.My family and I are all choclaholics .I will make it again and again. Daphine in LA

  •  Star(s)

    Thumbprints

    connie page from HOLLAND, MI

    My cookies looked good but were somewhat dry. I used old fashoned oats instead of the quick cooking. Maybe thats why. I don't think I will make these cookies again.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

    Linda Purucker from BATTLE CREEK, MI

    These were so good my family really enjoyed them. I switched them up a bit in the second batch by adding a small amount of Strawberry Preserves, Apricot Preserves, or Peach Preserves in place of the cherry. I topped each one with a little toasted coconut as soon as I took them from the oven then drizzled the chocolate over the top of cookies. These were excellent as well.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    vickie sexton from PENSACOLA, FL

    Great way to get your chocolate fix. Fast to make and so elegant looking. Family loves these. THe cherry makes it heaven.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Christmas cookie

    Ella Figura from Oak Forest, IL

    I made these for my christmas party at work and everyone was asking me for the recipe. These are a great cookie for a special event.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

    Stella Emmanuel from GLASTONBURY, CT

    Love this chewy, chocolaty cookie. During the holidays I use green as well as the red maraschino cherries. They are always a hit with everyone!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious and oh so rich!

    Jered Bonbrake from ALTON, IL

    These are the most delicious chocolatey cookies! I have also made these substituting almond extract for the vanilla extract to bring out the flavor of the cherries. Try the same recipe substituting hazelnut syrup or liqueur for the vanilla extract and lightly sprinkling finely ground hazelnuts before the chocolate drizzle sets up. Any way you make them, they are delicious.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

    Charlotte Gohl from PHILADELPHIA, PA

    Delicious. I have just found my cookie for the neighbor cookie swap.

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate-cherry thumbprints

    KAREN MOORE from MEADVILLE, PA

    so,so,good my famliy loves them.karen from meadville,pa

  •  Star(s)

    really says it all

    susan slough from ELKHART, IN

    I decided to try this recipe becauce my husband really likes chocolate covered cherrie and this recipe reminds me sort of this candy. MY husband really liked them my son really liked this recipe- chocolate is his favorite. In fact it went over well with my whole family. It was so easy to make and turned out really nice for me.

  •  Star(s)

    Melt in your mouth Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Davey Wright from English, IN

    This is a great cookie! I have baked these and taken to various places and haven't ever had anything but compliments on them. They are delicious and thats all you can say about them.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Jowanna James from SWEENY, TX

    I wanted to make some with chocolate and this is so chocolate goodie and the family just loves the taste of cherry-chocolate cookies. My family just loved cherry-chocolate cookies very much and thought they were delicious.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Beauty

    Mia Mims from PIKEVILLE, KY

    I have fixed this cookie for years. Not only is it delicious, it looks fabulous. People will be impressed. The oats in this recipe give it a great texture. If you don't like cherries, just omit them. They still taste good. I usually make a few without, just to please the whole crowd. Taste, texture, color - who could ask for more.

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate-cherry thumbprints

    carla marshall from BELLE FOURCHE, SD

    I wanted to make soming with chocolate and this is so chocolatey good and the kids just love the cherry. The boys just love to help put the cherry on the cookies.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Karen Morse from Burns, WY

    Extremely easy to make and loved by the family. They didn't last long and were asked for again and again. Great anytime of the year, great for gifts at the holiday time also, substitute almond for the vanilla for a different flavor.

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate cherry wonder cookies

    Judy Melby from THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN

    Easy to make, chewy, moist, love the chocolate cherry mix, reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. Very good.

  •  Star(s)

    Great to Eat and Make with Kids

    Tony Golio from PLAINVIEW, NY

    I have three kids who love to bake but get board with drop cookies. Rolling the dough into balls, making a thumb print, and pressing in the cherries kept them all busy and happy. The cookies are great and stay fresh for a long time. The kids voted to add these to our Christmas cookie list. By the way, I followed the advice of others and used quick oats.

  •  Star(s)

    always a hit

    Dana Kruise from Warren, MI

    I've made these for the last couple of years and everyone always loves them. They are so easy and always come out great. These are always included in my holiday baskets and will be for years to come.

  •  Star(s)

    Thumbprints

    Christine Love from MARYSVILLE, OH

    These are very good and easy to make. Highly recommend.

  •  Star(s)

    Amazing Treats

    Helen Lane from WATERLOO, IL

    These are so moist and delicious. The combination of Quick Oats, Chocolate, and Cherry are absolutely wonderful. They are so easy to make, and such a terrific treat to have around the house, or take to special occasions.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

    Norma Jones from ROBSTOWN, TX

    This gets a A++++++++++++++++++++++++

  •  Star(s)

    chocolate-cherry thumbprints

    Annale Flowers from EMPIRE, MI

    They went like hot cakes. They were so yummy!!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Choc-Cherry Thumbprint

    tori blanchette from SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI

    Very good! Yum

  •  Star(s)

    Great Combo

    LYNNE LATELLA from PATTERSONVILLE, NY

    I love the combination of chocolate and cherries and these cookies didn't disappoint. I wish the batch was bigger because they disappeared all too quickly!

  •  Star(s)

    Very Cherry

    Amy Bates from SAGINAW, MI

    Our family loves cherries. This was fabulous, my family will want these cookies all the time now. They go quickly.

  •  Star(s)

    Choc-Cherry Thumbprints

    Wanda Mahan from SUCCESS, AR

    My daughter made these for church dinner and they were of the first desserts to go!

  •  Star(s)

    Not really a hit

    JESSICA BROADAWAY from WHEATFIELD, IN

    Nobody really loved these at holiday gatherings. I would suggest using quick oats. I used old fashioned and the big oats were a bit much for such a delicate cookie. Make sure to keep batter in fridge while cooking.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate-cherry thumbprints

    Linda Dabrowski from LAPEER, MI

    I tried these for the first time this Christmas. I had fun baking them with my grandson. They turned out to be the hit of the party. Declared our new traditional cookie for each year.

  •  Star(s)

    Cherry Thumbprints

    betty briner from MIAMI, FL

    My son's (30 years old) favorite cookie is thumbprint cookies. This recipe is great and easy to make.

  •  Star(s)

    YUM!

    Cristina from

    These are so tasty, and pretty to look at...i didn't do mine with the chocolate drizzled on top (i wanted to make mine a little more liquid and added some vanilla...big mistake, the chocolate seized and i ended up with a giant chocolate ball and had to throw the whole thing out) but they still came out wonderfully! WILL DEFINITELY MAKE THESE AGAIN.

  •  Star(s)

    Ok if you have the time

    Stacia Swisher from BREMERTON, WA

    These cookies were just ok in my book, but the kids loved them and they've already requested I make them again, this time with mini chocolate chips on top instead of the chocolate drizzles. The dough was a little tough to work with and I had to stop and put it back into the refrigerator before I could finish making them.

  •  Star(s)

    MMMMMM

    Shawna from Kelowna BC

    This is the second Christmas I have made these... fairly simple and delicious. They are a hit with the family.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

    Jane Evenson from MAPLE FALLS, WA

    The combination of chocolate and cherry in this recipe is wonderful. I will be adding this recipe to my Holiday Baking for friends and gifts.

  •  Star(s)

    the best

    Diann Waligore from warren, MI

    These are the best. They are easy to prepare and are so pretty sitting on the cookie tray. I couldn't fill the tray fast enough everyone loved them

  •  Star(s)

    An old favorite

    Angela Guerra from Arlington, TX

    I have been searching for this recipe - I used to make it years ago, and it was a beloved holiday favorite. It's time-consuming but worth the effort, and can be made without the cherries for those who don't like maraschinos.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 48/4 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 124
  • Calories from Fat: 48
  • Total Fat: 5.3g (8% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g (14% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 16mg (5% of DV)
  • Sodium: 51mg (2% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1g (6% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .9g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 6.6g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 3/4 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (two 10-oz. jars) maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry

 

Directions

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Combine oats, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.

BEAT sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Stir in oat mixture. Cover; refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls; press thumb into tops to make deep depression. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Fill each depression with maraschino cherry.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Melt remaining morsels; drizzle over cookies.

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