Cherry Thumbprints


The candied cherry centers give these holiday cookies a chewy and colorful flair.

Cherry Thumbprints
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Stand Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 38 mins
40 cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • cup chopped candied cherries


  1. In bowl beat butter on medium to high speed of electric mixer 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt; beat until combined, scraping bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can; stir in peel and any remaining flour. Cover and chill dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside. Shape dough in1-inch balls; place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Press a thumb in center of each ball. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. If necessary, repress centers with bowl of teaspoon measure. Cool on racks.

  3. Place cherries in cookie centers. Let stand 2 hours. Makes 40 cookies.


Store cookies between sheets of waxed paper in airtight container up to 3 days at room temperature. Freeze up to 3 months.


Nutrition facts are given per cookie.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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