Candy Thumbprint Cookies

Candy Thumbprint Cookies


Do you ever see something and know you have to make a recipe with it? I do too! I made these cute little candy thumbprint cookies because of those Christmas nonpareil candies. I love going to the bulk bins full of candy at Wegmans. I also come out with too many bags of candy and a lot less money. I always seem to forget portion control while I'm there.

If you missed out on my peanut butter & jelly thumbprint cookies, they are equally as amazing! Theses ones are just a hair more festive, which I'm digging. It seems like I was struggling to get into the spirit this year, but these little candies were a nice starter. We're still doing some last minute Christmas shopping, absolutely nothing has been wrapped and it's been rainy and mid 50's. I feel like I should be singing that song Cindy Lou Who sings. Where are you, Christmasssss? Anyone else here a die hard How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie fan? I burnt my hubby out on it years and years ago, but still pretty awesome.

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Candy Thumbprint Cookies

A stack of candy thumbprint cookies with sprinkles on top.

Candy Thumbprint Cookies

These Candy Thumbprint cookies are a quick recipe that's filled with a candy center!
4.58 from 14 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 34 servings
Calories 111 kcal


  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 34 nonpareil chocolate candies
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon granulated sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the butter, granulated and brown sugar Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the vanilla and eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add in the flour and mix until a cookie dough forms.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough. Roll the cookie dough between your hands to form a ball.
  • Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar into a small dish. Roll in the balls of cookie dough into the sugar and place on the prepared parchment paper.
  • Press the chocolate candies into the dough until they form an indentation. They won't move much after placing them, so make sure you like the position of them after pressing them in.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 9-11 minutes until done. Mine were pretty small, they may take longer if you make larger thumbprint cookies.


To store any leftover thumbprint cookies, place in an air tight container and store at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 3 days.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 105IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.5mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

Candy Thumbprint Cookies

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