More Great Recipes: Cookies | Dessert | Independence Day

4th of July Thumbprint Cookies

User Avatar
Member since 2006

Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
Red and blue food coloring
24 large chocolate nonpareil candies

Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add the cornstarch, confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beating on medium until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour until well combined.

Divide the dough in half and place in separate bowls. Add red food coloring to one portion of dough and blend thoroughly. Add blue food coloring to the other portion and blend thoroughly. Shape each portion into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Divide each disk into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 15-inch rope. Place 1 red rope and 1 blue rope, side by side, on a work surface and twist together. Cut the twisted rope into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Make an indentation in the center of each ball with your thumb. Repeat with the remaining red and blue ropes of dough.

Bake the cookies until firm to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Place 1 candy in the center of each warm cookie. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Pairs Well With


A dash of local for every season
By slyasafox15

22 Recipes

'CHEF' the Film Cookbook: Recipes from El Jefe
By CHEF the Film

6 Recipes

Disney's Tinker Bell "Secret of the Wings Cookbook"
By BakeSpace Fairies

6 Recipes

Mixed Berry Tart
Mixed Berry Tart
Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with Marshmallow Glaze
Hot Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with Marshmallow Glaze
Torta Cubana
Torta Cubana