Nutella Thumbprint Cookies


Christmas baking has kicked into high gear! Here is one of my annual must-bakes. Link here to all of my Christmas recipes. I have been making these cookies since they appeared in a Martha Stewart Holiday Baking issue 10 years ago ( I have tweaked the recipe slightly and it is really a great addition to holiday cookie platters or cookie exchanges. The recipe also freezes really well and you can bake from frozen. Recipe makes 26-28 cookies, so double the recipe which I have done before if you want a higher yield (50+).


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk (don’t forget freeze your white)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz (2 squares) of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Nutella spread for the thumbprints (about 1/4 cup . . . however I just drop it in straight from the jar!)


  1. Β In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolk, vanilla and salt and beat until combined.
  3. Add in flour and mix until combined.
  4. Finally pour in the chocolate and mix again until combined.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop (I use a 2 tsp OXO scoop) scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. I got 26 scoops out of the recipe (a double recipe should yield about 52).
  6. Use the back of a cup (or your hand) to flatten the tops lightly, then using the bottom of a wooden spoon make indents in the centre of each cookie.
  7. Using 2 knives spoon a dollop of nutella into the indent in each cookie.
  8. Place the cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes while you pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are firm.
  10. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Note: You can freeze the cookies once you have made the indent. Place on a baking sheet in the freezer and flash freeze. I have also frozen the cookies with the nutella already added and they have frozen and baked perfectly.


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