Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie with Ganache from (@whatsgabycookin)


We needed 1 more Christmas Cookie to round out this season of baking activities and these Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache and Fruit Preserves feel like the right move. I saw them over on Sally's Baking Addiction and needed to put my fruit preserved obsessed spin on them! They are easy to make, easier to eat, and filled with both ganache and fruit preserves to give them an extra pop!

So often you just fill a thumbprint cookie with one or the other, but we deserve more this year, wouldn't you say? Grab your favorite jar of preserves (I prefer raspberry or strawberry Bonne Maman) but truly anything would be amazing. Fig jam - heck yes! Blueberry - why not! Apricot jam - bring it on!! Orange marmalade - fair game. You get the idea!

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie with Ganache from (@whatsgabycookin)

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache and Preserves

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 5 votes
We're upping the ante on Christmas Cookies with these Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie filled with with Ganache AND Fruit Preserves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 27 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (measure by spooning the flour into the measuring cup and leveling)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 2 teaspoons milk or nut milk

For the Fill

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 1 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves (Bonne Maman is my go-to)


  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar, and ⅓ cup granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes Add the egg, vanilla extract, and chocolate extract and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute more. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the milk, and mix on low until combined. The cookie dough will be thick.
  • Roll balls of dough, approx 1 tablespoon each, and roll each into remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar. Place cookie dough balls onto a large lined baking sheet. Using your thumb, make an indent into each cookie.  Chill the shaped cookies for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator or 1 hour in the freezer
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove chilled and shaped cookies from the refrigerator. Divide between both baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 2-3 inches apart.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven. The indents will have lost some shape or have puffed up, so use the end of a spatula to make an indent again into the warm cookies. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before filling with ganache

For the Filling

  • Place chocolate into a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to gently simmer. Pour over chocolate chips and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate. Slowly stir until completely combined and chocolate has melted. Stir in the chocolate extract.  Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Spoon 1 teaspoon of the preserves into the cookie indentation followed by 1 teaspoon of ganache. Let the ganache harden before serving.


I prefer strawberry or raspberry with my chocolate, but orange marmalade would also be an excellent choice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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Recipe lightly adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction who is legit the QUEEN of desserts!


  1. 5 stars
    Making these today for I think the third year in a row. I use whole cherry preserves and put one cherry in the center before I add the ganache. Yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Hi Gaby,

    Just want it to check is it ok to roll them in brown sugar the soft light brown sugar will it give the same result please let me know I’m making these babies today.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time this week, and will definitely add it to my annual holiday cookie list! The raspberry preserves go so well with her chocolate ganache (no surprise there!) Two thumbs up!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! Just used vanilla extract. Perfect combination of rich, chewy chocolate cookie and fruit! Will be a yearly treat for sure. Thank you Gaby!

  5. Hi Gaby,

    These look fantastic. I'm going to make them for an upcoming cookie swap. Is it OK to freeze the dough to make at a later time?


  6. Made these today and they came out great. I omitted the chocolate extract as I couldn’t find and glad I did because they’re rich enough. The strawberry cuts down the chocolate taste and rounds out the flavor nicely. I definitely used less than one teaspoon each of strawberry jam and ganache as it would’ve overflowed the cookies.

  7. 5 stars
    Just baked these cookies, and they are amazing! Pretty and delicious, definitely a keeper for our Christmas cookie platter. By the way, in place of the chocolate extract I added Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, and they came out great. Thanks for posting!!

  8. These cookies look amazing!! Like you, I needed one more cookie to round out my baking this Christmas. I have all ingredients except for chocolate extract. Can you suggest a substitution ?

  9. Hi, Gaby. I have all the ingredients to make this except for chocolate extract. Is there anything else I can use as a substitute? If not and I omit it, will it change the outcome drastically?

  10. Yum! Pinning for an upcoming day of baking 🙂
    Gaby, is your husband still willing to get emailed questions about Sonos? We need to get some sort of a system set up - AFTER Christmas. I would not bug anyone before 🙂

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