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More Holiday Cookies- Crinkle Cookies And Chocolate Thumbprints


Baking for the Holidays is work but fun at the same time. Both of these recipes were included in my boxes last year and this year as well. The recipe for the Crinkle cookies is from Fida at Sweet and Savory Pursuits. The chocolate thumbprint cookies came from my archive of recipes and I don’t know who penned the original. They are really good and I like putting a white chocolate striped Hershey’s kiss right in the middle.


Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Fida- Sweet and savory pursuits

Makes 36-44 depending on size


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps. instant espresso powder optional
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. In a medium bowl combine the all purpose-flour, espresso powder (if using), baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir with a whisk and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the cocoa powder, brown sugar and vegetable oil, blend until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and blend.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and mix until well blended, being careful not to to overmix the batter.

  6. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for 4 hours or more. If pressed for time, place covered bowl in the freezer and freeze for approximately an hour and a half. Note: I like leaving the dough overnight in the refrigerator, and refrigerate or put in the freezer between batches. It is a sticky dough and needs to be cold when handling.
  7. When ready to roll the cookies, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.

  8. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop a ball of dough out, roll it in your hands and then roll the ball into the granulated sugar before rolling it a second time in powdered sugar.

  10. Place balls of cookie dough about two inches apart on the baking sheet and repeat process until the sheet is full.

  11. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will look uncooked between the cracks but that is ok, they will set as they cool on the baking sheet. Please see note for explanation on determining time needed for baking cookies.

Recipe Notes

1. If dough sticks to your hands when rolling, just powder your hands with the icing sugar, the dough shouldn’t stick anymore.
2. If dough is still too sticky then you should return it to the freezer or fridge for additional chilling time.
3. At 10 minutes you should have cookies that are still very fudgy inside. If you prefer them more done, leave them in the oven for an extra minute. I found that the cookies I left in for 12 minutes kept a perfectly domed shaped. Those at 10 min sunk in just slightly in the middle. Note: I baked for exactly 11 minutes and they kept the dome shape and were soft and totally delicious.
I recommend baking a few on a tray to see how you like them and what the perfect time is for you before baking the entire batch of cookies.

Itty bitty thumbprint cookies

Itty bitty thumbprint cookies

Chocolate Thumbprints

Makes 36-48 cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter room temperature (soft)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar in bowl to roll cookies in.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup each butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.  If you do not use all of the cookie dough refrigerate but bring to room temperature before baking. Pre heat oven to 350 degree’s. Use a small scoop (so they are uniform in size) and roll in your hands into a ball, place dough in the bowl of sugar and make sure its completely covered, place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Using your thumb make an indent on top of each ball. You can fit 1 dozen on a baking sheet, cookies should be at least an inch apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes no longer please, it really depends on your oven, when you remove them they will be soft,my first batch I kept in almost 10 minutes the second batch 8 minutes, I like them better when left in for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then place a kiss in the center of each cookies. Place on cooling rack. The kiss will soften but should retain it’s shape.

Another gift box ready to mail

Another gift box ready to mail

51 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow!!

    December 12, 2016
  2. Hmm… I wonder why I’m suddenly craving chocolate… 😉 The cookies look delectable, Suzanne. And the gift boxes are beautiful — love that you added Percy to the photo. Have you ever thought of going into business with that? Probably a lot of work for the money, huh…
    Have a marvelous Monday. Hugs.

    December 12, 2016
    • I wish sometimes I didn’t love chocolate so much, thanks Teagan. Wish these didn’t have eggs you could try them. I have thought of the business aspect and actually worked numbers and it doesn’t work. The ingredients I use plus labor and shipping would put me in the red. I wish I could I love doing it. Thank you and have a wonderful Monday and massive hugs back!!

      December 12, 2016
  3. Your cookies look delicious, it looks like you are giving them all away. Unfortunately, I am eating a lot of mine and those givien to me by friends.

    December 12, 2016
    • Yes I am giving all of them away, I have had a few for quality control purposes😏 thanks Gerlinde🎄

      December 12, 2016
  4. Hi Suzanne! Busy time baking! Looks delicioussssssssssssssssssss!!!

    December 12, 2016
  5. Yum. I hope to do some baking next week. Love Christmas cookies!

    December 12, 2016
  6. Yum! Yum! It will be tough to resist baking the crinkled cookies!!

    December 12, 2016
    • They are so good, very light and fudgy and so delicious. Thank you so much Ann.

      December 12, 2016
  7. You are a fairy, Suzanne … how beautiful and ooking so delicious – Bises with sugar ! 🙂 france

    December 12, 2016
    • Merci France, I love baking and especially around the holidays. Thank you for the sugar kisses and same back to you.

      December 12, 2016
  8. looking – sorry

    December 12, 2016
  9. Perfect looking cookies. 🙂

    December 12, 2016
  10. These look so yummy! All your friends and family will be delighted with your homemade gifts. I wish I enjoyed baking better. I am going to attempt my first stab at some cheese crackers I found on Food52 (for my hubby’s smoked salmon he cooked over the weekend), but I’m waiting for my mini-cracker cutters to arrive tomorrow. Dough is chilling as we speak! I have Triscuits as backup, lol.

    December 12, 2016
    • Oh I hope your crackers turn out and you post the recipe. I love cheese crackers I think I remember seeing that recipe is it the one where they resemble cheezits? Thank you, I hope everyone likes the gifts, I do enjoy making them. Looking forward to seeing your cheese crackers.

      December 12, 2016
      • Yes, those are the ones! I thought I’d make some mini ones for snacking then larger ones for smoked salmon and cream cheese. I hope to post it if they turn out! I don’t have a regular food processor, just a mini Ninja processor so couldn’t stream in the milk like it said to. I had to keep turning it off, taking the top off and adding the milk in bit by bit, so we’ll see!

        December 12, 2016
      • I doubt it would make that much of a difference, can’t wait to hear how they turn out. I saved the recipe to make and then forgot about it.

        December 12, 2016
  11. wow Suzanne– both of those cookies are so pretty! I’ll be the people who get these packages in the mail are excited– and love the Percy Christmas card! Fun to see how you put it all together… Sending Christmas hugs!

    December 12, 2016
    • The cookies are great, so festive and perfect for the gift boxes. Thank you so much Rhonda, Percy was non compiant when it came to photo’s but I managed to get one half way decent shot for the card, LOL. Christmas hugs right back at you!!

      December 14, 2016
      • I got that Suzanne– it’s a problem getting 3 grand-girls to look agreeable at the same time for a photo!! Happy Baking! (or maybe you’ve gotten it all done– be checking your posts for more eating! Merry Christmas friend !

        December 14, 2016
  12. More beautiful yummy looking baked goods Suzanne with an adorable Percy to help. I am only baking Snickerdoodles, nothing fancy tonight.

    December 13, 2016
    • You know I have never made snickerdoodles before, hope you post the recipe. Would love to try, they are wonderful and fancy is highly overrated what is important is that they are made with love and taste good and I know those cookies are loaded with love and great flavors.

      December 14, 2016
      • They turned out quite nice and I will post the recipe

        December 14, 2016
      • Wonderful and with your permission I would like to re blog!!

        December 14, 2016
  13. I am making christmas cookies on Saturday with my daughter. I have not made thumbprint cookies in a while. You have inspired me, we will make them and toast with an ice cold glass of milk to you!

    December 13, 2016
    • Cookies and milk is one of lifes great pleasures. Thank you Michelle I know you will have a great time making those cookies. You always inspire me

      December 14, 2016
  14. Those treat bags are so pretty! I would love either cookie on my cookie tray!

    December 14, 2016
  15. Suzanne, can’t imagine the Christmas holiday is around the corner when I came back.
    Look at your cookies make me feel guilty for not hopping around my tiny kitchen. I love all your cookies. Please send me some to stop my drooling. 🙂

    December 14, 2016
    • I was thinking about you the other day Mochi wondering how you are doing, so happy to see you here. Hope all is well and Happy Holidays.

      December 14, 2016
      • Thank you! Suzanne, I wish you have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year as well! 🙂

        December 19, 2016
  16. Hi Suzanne! I’m so glad you are enjoying my cookie recipes, I think we have similar tastes when it comes to sweets! I haven’t made a chocolate thumbprint yet, yours look delicious. I have two girls who are looking forward to baking some Christmas cookies, so I’m going to try your recipe with the kids this weekend!

    December 14, 2016
    • It would not be Christmas without your delicious cookies Fida, thank you for a great recipe. Have fun making those cookies and Happy Holidays.

      December 14, 2016
  17. These look so yummy and pretty! What a gift Suzanne! wow

    December 14, 2016
  18. Sandhya #

    Wow! What a perfect gift box. You are such a natural at this Suzanne! I love Percy’s picture on the card .
    Happy holidays to you!

    December 14, 2016
    • Hello Sandhya thank you so much. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.

      December 22, 2016
  19. Hi fellow pug mama! Absolutely love the pug background on the blog – super cute! AND is that your christmas card peeking out in the last picture with the pug? Adorable, aren’t pugs just the best! I’m completely obsessed with mine little one!

    December 15, 2016
    • Oh another pug Mom, so glad to meet you. Will check out your babies in you site and thank you for stopping by. Yes that’s Percy’s Christmas card wishing you all Happy Holiday’s🎄🎄

      December 15, 2016
      • You too! Merry Christmas to you and your adorable puggies!

        December 15, 2016
  20. I am way behind on my blog reading. Apologies! These cookies look lovely.

    December 22, 2016
    • Thank you so much, it can be overwhelming no need to apologize. Happy Holidays!!

      December 29, 2016

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