Chocolate Fudge Thumbprints

Chocolate fudge thumbprint cookies are just the ticket when you are craving something really rich. Have one – or four – to satisfy your chocolate needs!

Chocolate Fudge Thumbprints

Sometimes, a person just really needs chocolate. It’s a bit of a certifiable fact. Maybe things aren’t working out exactly how you’d planned. Or maybe there’s been a big life moment (ahem, turning 30). It could just be a Monday. But there are certainly occasions that really call for chocolaty goodness. And that means it is time for chocolate fudge thumbprints. It is always time for chocolate fudge thumbprints.

I made these recently when Brian’s grandpop came over to visit. He’s adorable and I love him. Knowing he has an irresistible sweet tooth, the occasion absolutely called for these chocolaty bites of heaven. The recipe makes quite a few cookies (about 2 dozen, if not a few more), each topped with a healthy spoonful of fudgy, gooey frosting. He ate at least five cookies before leaving. And let me tell you, that’s a big feat. These cookies are deliciously rich, meant to be consumed with a tall glass of milk. I was impressed by his skill.

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I know when I’ve got a serious craving for chocolate – and comforting desserts – this is where I turn. The cookie itself is brownie-like in texture with a yummy, crisp outside and a warm, gooey inside. The fudge topping just adds a little panache to the cookie itself, giving it a little extra oomph. Really, they are hard to resist.

What’s your favorite comfort dessert?

Chocolate Fudge Thumbprints

Yield: makes 24 cookies


  • For cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 ¼ up sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ?For frosting:
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat until fluffy.
  2. Blend in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended.
  3. Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Use a cookie scoop and scoop out dough, rolling it into 1 ½ inch balls. Place them on the cookie sheet and flatten them slightly using the bottom of a glass.
  5. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and gently press with the back of a spoon to form an indent. Cool completely.
  6. To make frosting, stir melted butter into cocoa. Add powdered sugar and mix well.
  7. Add in vanilla then cream and stir well until it is spreadable. Use a spoon or knife and spread icing onto the indent of each cookie.

Recipe slightly adapted from Sing for Your Supper

54 thoughts on “Chocolate Fudge Thumbprints

    • Oh man, I love cheesecake, too. I always forget how much I love it until someone mentions it. But yes, cheesecake!

    • You don’t like peanut butter blossoms?! Well, I won’t hold that against you too much. Instead, we’ll share these! :)

  1. Choosing just one favorite comfort dessert is tough… but it’s safe to say that it would include chocolate! Props to grandpop for only eating 5 😉 I’d hoover through these. They look delicious!

    • I know! I was surprised he only ate 5. He did, however, take the rest home with him. I’m willing to bet they were all eaten in the car!

    • Oh, I hope you make them with her! She would definitely love it! It’s great that she has such an interest in cooking!

  2. I love thumbprint cookies! I tend to make them during the holidays but then forget about them – which is really just silly. These look awesome!

    • I think because Christmas is the cookie season, it’s really easy to forget how many great kinds of cookies are out there! I always have a hankering for the jam thumbprints but only make those at Christmas, too! :)

  3. Oh yum! I love how very chocolatey these look, especially with the dollop of frosting on top! Chocolate is always my go-to whenever I need a comfort dessert (I think chocolate chip cookies will always be my favorite comfort dessert. I’m predictable, I guess!)

  4. So just a note, I just made this recipe, and it is phenomenal!! I usually don’t love sweets, and I’m really not a huge fan of chocolate, but I am dying to have a second one! I had an epic brain fart while mixing though, and only put one stick of butter into the recipe. Just wanted to say that the cookies still turned out phenomenally, so if you want to cut a little of the guilt, that’s one suggestion! (: Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Betsy! Thank you so much for your note! I am so, so glad that these worked out! And that is a fantastic tip about the butter. I’m definitely going to try it with half the butter. Cut calories however we can, right? :) Thanks again for sharing!

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