Tis' the season... to bake cookies! This is the time of year where it's the prime time to make cookies. Although I love baking, I rarely do it, since I don't have much time, and find that I really shouldn't be eating so many sweet treats. However, during the holiday season, there are so many opportunities to show off your baking skills and give away those sweet treats to friends and family. While gingerbread men and sugar cookies in fancy shapes and sizes may be popular, I've never been a huge fan of those, I prefer chocolate. This is a recipe that I've been using for a few years now, nutella thumbprint cookies. These sweet and buttery cookies are topped off with the richness of nutella and to get into the holiday mood, peppermint! (nuts also work great). 

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup nutella or fruit preserves
  • crushed candy canes (optional)
  • crushed nuts of your choice (optional)
Yields 10-12 cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg yolk. You can do this with a spoon or with your hands. The mixture should be thick and creamy.
  3. Mix in the flour bit by bit until the mixture becomes smooth.
  4. Roll the dough into one inch balls. If the dough is too soft, refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes. 
  5. Push down the balls so that they become slightly more two-dimensional, but still very thick. Use either your thumb/fingers or a spoon to make little dents in the center of the cookie, which is where the filling will go once they are baked.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.
  7. After removing from the oven, wait until they are full cooled before using a piping bag filled with nutella, or just putting in a spoonful of fruit preserves to fill the wells in the center of the cookies.
  8. Sprinkle either the crushed candy cane or crushed nuts onto the nutella, whichever one you want. Note that you can also omit this step and still enjoy these cookies.

Let me know on Twitter, Instagram, or even Snapchat (sunny_rebecca) if you make these cookies. If you're not making these and you're making other ones instead, I'd still love to know! Happy Holidays!

p.s. this post is in participation with the #bloggersbakechristmascookies linkup!


  1. Oh my gosh, these look AMAZING! Merry Christmas Rebecca and thanks for linking up!