Soft red velvet thumbprint cookies filled with a velvety cream cheese icing. These cookies are a perfect little twist on a favorite classic cookie.
Thumbprint cookies are my favorite cookie. I love how small and soft they are and the filling is always just the perfect little treat in the middle.
Red velvet thumbprint cookies are a version I like for all the winter holidays. I love the soft red velvet paired with velvety cream cheese icing whenever I want something sweet and a little indulgent (although, it is also amazing with nutella, see my red velvet nutella cookies for proof).
What Are Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies use a sugar cookie dough that is rolled into balls, then indented in the middle. Usually, a thumb is used to create the indent, which is where the name “thumbprint cookie” originates.
If you don’t want to use your thumb, you can easily use the bottom of a wooden spoon.
Typically, a traditional thumbprint cookie is rolled in sugar and filled with jam. This time, we are doing a delicious, fun twist using red velvet and cream cheese frosting.
How to Make Thumbprint Cookies
Making these thumbprint cookies is so easy. We start off with a basic thumbprint cookie dough with added cocoa powder and red coloring.
You can use red food coloring or a red velvet emulsion. I prefer using a red velvet emulsion as it adds to the flavor and gives it a deeper color.
- Make the cookie base by beating the butter and sugar together, then adding extract, food coloring, and egg.
- Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.
- Roll the dough into balls.
- Create an indent in the middle of the cookie dough.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, then cool.
- Beat the ingredients for the filling, then pipe the filling into the indentation.
Are Thumbprint Cookies Soft
These cookies are sturdy but wonderfully soft. There is a slight chewiness to them that pairs wonderfully with the velvety cream cheese filling.
How Can You Keep Thumbprint Cookies From Spreading
This recipe does not spread luckily. It also does not require any chilling.
If you do experience spreading, you might want to check that you measured your ingredients correctly and did not add too much butter or too little flour.
Ensure your butter is fully softened (but not so soft they are nearly melted) and beaten well. Any lumps of cold butter can leak out and create a mess of your cookies.
Don’t grease your baking sheets. Instead, use a silicone baking mat. The baking mats have a texture that helps grab the cookie dough and keep it from spreading out.
Can You Freeze Thumbprint Cookies?
Yes, you can freeze these red velvet thumbprint cookies. Put them in an airtight container and they should last at least a month in the freezer. To thaw, leave them in the refrigerator overnight.
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