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Chocolate Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

A biscuit like cookie rolled in walnuts and filled with chocolate. You may use dark or milk chocolate, whichever you prefer. Note: you will be removing cookies about 2/3 through cooking time to make the thumbprint and then return cookies to the oven.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dessert recipe, holiday recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Author Linda Spiker


The Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour you can also use gluten free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup organic granulated sugar plus a little more for dusting cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract I prefer paste
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts chopped finely

The Filling:

  • 1/2 chocolate chips melted to package instructions you may use dark or milk chocolate


  1. Whisk flour, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside
  2. Add soft butter and sugar to mixer and mix until well incorporated
  3. Add vanilla, egg yolk, and honey, mix well
  4. Add flour mixture in thirds mixing well between additions
  5. Remove dough from mixer and separate evenly into two balls, then shape and roll each ball into a 9" log
  6. Wrap each log in parchment paper, making sure it's as air tight as you can get it, place in a airtight glass container with lid and put in the fridge for two hours (or wrap in plastic, I just hate using plastic). If you only want to cook half a batch you can freeze dough for up to a month.
  7. Chop walnuts and place some sugar into a small bowl (not much, maybe a couple of tablespoons)
  8. After dough has chilled for two hours, preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a cookie sheet with parchment
  9. Remove one log at a time from the refrigerator, unwrap and slice into 15 rounds
  10. Use both of your palms to roll each slice into a ball and dip one half of ball into sugar and then chopped walnuts. You may need to press the nuts into the dough with fingers.Repeat with all the dough and set cookies walnut side up on cookie sheet with 2" space on all sides
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and use the round end of a wooden spoon (or what ever works) to create the 'thumbprint' in each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for five more minutes.
  12. Remove cookies from oven and just slide the parchment paper and cookies onto a cooling rack
  13. Melt chocolate to package instructions and spoon a little into each thumbprint
  14. Serve and enjoy!