This Cherry Thumbprint Cookie recipe will make a great addition to any Christmas cookie tray. Can easily be tweaked for any flavor filling!
A classic on any cookie tray is always thumbprint cookies. This Cherry Thumbprint Cookie recipe is yet another easy cookie recipe to make with the kids. Using cherry pie filling will give the cookies just enough moisture to make them irresistible!
The dough can be made ahead of time, formed in to balls with the thumbprint. When you are ready to bake them, just place the frozen balls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, allow to thaw for about 15 minutes and then add the cherry filling!
UPDATE: Because of comments and emails that I received about these cookies, I wanted to add a few extra tips to help you end up with fabulous cookies. One of the biggest problems that people have is that they spread out too much. Follow these tips and you should be fine:
- Do NOT use margarine. It didn't even occur to me that people would substitute margarine (since I haven't had it in about 30 years), but quite a few people have used margarine and ended up with a disaster!
- One thing that I can't stress enough…you need to use parchment paper with this recipe when you bake them. if you don't – I can guarantee you that your cookies will spread too much (because of the high butter content) and they will look nothing close to my picture. PLEASE check out my why you should be using parchment paper for baking post for more information!
- You want to put these in the oven while the dough is still cold. This will help minimize spreading. So, if you are like me, you get distracted by your kids 50 times while doing ANYTHING, then do this: after you have rolled your balls and made the indentation, place your cookie sheet (full of balls) in the freezer for a few minutes. Once they are cold again, fill them immediately and get them in the oven!
The cookies are going to spread a little no matter what you do (because of how much butter is in them), but if you use parchment paper and you place the cookies in the oven “cold”, they will start to cook on the outside (helping them keep their shape) before the inside gets warm enough to spread!