Walnut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery, shortbread-like thumbprints, potent with cocoa, dusted with chopped walnuts, and filled with rich, luscious semi-sweet chocolate ganache! These Walnut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are simple, elegant, and unforgettable!

Course Cookies
Keyword chocolate thumbprint cookies, chocolate thumbprints, chocolate walnut cookies, chocolate walnut thumbprint cookies, chocolate walnut thumbprints
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 30
Author Sarah


For cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp. milk or cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

For filling & garnish:

  • 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate broken into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. butter


For cookies:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy.

  2. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt.

  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl, and beat until just combined.

  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough easily forms into a ball.

  6. Shape into 1-inch balls, and roll in walnuts. 

  7. Arrange 2 inches apart on parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheets.

  8. Press an indentation in the center of each cookie using your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until set when you lightly touch an edge (carefully).

  10. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling & garnish:

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate, heavy cream, and butter.

  2. Microwave on high for 30-seconds, stir, and microwave for 15-second intervals until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

  3. Spoon into the center of each cookie, and allow to set.