Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies made from a sourdough shortbread cookie base are one of my top favorite cookies, especially when they are filled with a rich, fudgy chocolate filling. These sourdough thumbprint cookies are buttery on the outside and chocolatey in the middle. The perfect little cookie when you just want a little something sweet. I hope you love them!

Important Ingredients in Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies

Sourdough Discard: In order to avoid a stronger sourdough flavor, use sourdough discard that is fresh or no more than a day or two old. I always use 100% hydration sourdough discard. If your discard is very runny, you may need a little extra flour in this recipe.

Unsalted Butter: I bake a lot of cookies and always use unsalted butter. You can control the flavor much better when you use unsalted butter. Salt content varies between brands of salted butter, and your baked goods may come out too salty when using salted butter. If you choose to use salted butter, decrease the salt a little bit in the recipe. Use softened butter for best results.

Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar gives these sourdough thumbprint cookies a delicate texture.

Vanilla Extract: This cookie base doesn’t have very many ingredients, so good-quality vanilla extract is important to bring flavor.

All-Purpose Flour: These cookies are perfect with all-purpose flour. Use flour with an 11.5% protein content, not bread flour.

Chocolate Chips: I like using good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe for a rich chocolate flavor. If you prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips for a deeper chocolate flavor.

Corn Syrup: To give the filling a fudgy texture, a little bit of corn syrup is used.

Mixing Up Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies

Sourdough thumbprint cookies are a breeze to mix together. Use a hand mixer to whip up the room temperature butter. It should lighten a little in color as you mix. Add the powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Then add in the sourdough discard, vanilla extract and salt. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.

Scooping Cookie Dough and Making a Thumbprint

Scoop the dough into small balls. I get about 12 cookies from this recipe (you may want to double it!). Place cookie dough balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Take your thumb and make a thumb print in the middle of each cookie. This is where your filling will go.

Bake Thumbprint Cookies

Bake the cookies in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes. During the bake, the cookies may puff up a little and make the thumbprint smaller. As soon as you pull the cookies out of the oven, use the bottom of a teaspoon measuring spoon and press gently down into the thumbprint while the cookie is still hot. This helps set the thumbprint “well” for the filling to go into. Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes before filling them.

Mix up the Chocolate Filling

While the cookies bake, mix up the chocolate filling. I do this in the microwave because it’s quick and easy. However, you must not let your chocolate get too hot. Add the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter to a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in increments of 15-20 seconds. After every increment, take a spoon and stir up the filling to see how much the chocolate has melted. You do not want the chocolate to overheat during this process. Continue microwaving and stirring until the filling is silky smooth and combined. Once the cookies have cooled just a little, fill each cookie with the chocolate filling.

Let Cookies Cool

I usually love a warm cookie, but these cookies are better after they’ve cooled and set up at room temperature. In order for that chocolate filling to get fudgy, it has to cool down. The wait is worth it. I promise!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover cookies?

This is a fairly small-batch recipe. It only makes 12 cookies. If you have extras, I would store cooled cookies in an airtight container in the freezer. Pull them out of the freezer a few hours before you want to enjoy them so they can come to room temperature.

Do I have to use corn syrup in the filling?

This filling does rely on corn syrup to achieve a fudgy, soft texture. If you don’t want to use corn syrup, you can substitute heavy cream instead. It won’t set up quite the same, but would still taste yummy.

What other fillings could I use?

Thumbprint cookies are known for a lot of unique fillings. Try a homemade jam, lemon curd or a nutella filling. The possibilities are really endless!

Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies

Amy
Sourdough thumbprint cookies are a buttery shortbread cookie base filled with a rich and fudgy chocolate filling. Easy to whip up, uses up some of your sourdough discard and tastes delicious. This is the perfect little cookie when you want a little something sweet.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies

Ingredients
  

Sourdough Thumbprint Cookie

  • 113 grams unsalted butter softened, about 1/2 cup
  • 70 grams powdered sugar about 1/2 cup
  • 60 grams sourdough discard see recipe notes
  • 4 grams vanilla extract about 1 teaspoon
  • 2 grams salt about 1/2 teaspoon
  • 150 grams all-purpose flour about 1 cup

Chocolate Filling

  • 50 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips about 1/4 cup
  • 20 grams unsalted butter about 1 1/2 Tablespoon
  • 5 grams corn syrup about 1/2 Tablespoons

Instructions
 

Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), beat the softened butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and cream together until fluffy and smooth. Add the sourdough discard, vanilla extract and salt. Beat until fully combined.
  • Add the flour to the butter mixture and mix until the wet and dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into small, 2 Tablespoon sized balls. Place each ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet and use your thumb to make a "thumbprint" in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. If the cookies have risen up a little during baking, use a teaspoon measure to press the thumbprint back down, forming a small well for the chocolate mixture. Let the cookies cool completely.
  • Chocolate Filling: To a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, unsalted butter and corn syrup. Microwave for 20-30 seconds on high power. Stir the chocolate mixture. Microwave again for 20-30 seconds and stir the chocolate mixture. Continue this process until the chocolate mixture is melted and completely incorporated. You can also perform this step over a double boiler on the stove if desired.
  • Use a spoon to fill each cookie with the chocolate filling. Let cookies cool completely, giving the filling time to cool and set up before enjoying!

Notes

Sourdough Discard: In order to avoid a stronger sourdough flavor, use sourdough discard that is fresh or no more than a day or two old. I always use 100% hydration sourdough discard. If your discard is very runny, you may need a little extra flour in this recipe.
Chocolate Chips: I like using good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe for a rich chocolate flavor. If you prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips for a deeper chocolate flavor.
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3 Comments

  1. Oooh!! This looks like a delicious recipe to try! Thank you thank you! 🧑🏼‍🍳 🍪 🌲

  2. I baked these over the holidays, while staying with relatives. In New Zealand corn syrup isn’t popular, ordinarily I would have subbed for glucose syrup. My inlaws didn’t have either so I added cream which made the chocolate filling more like a chocolate ganache 🤤
    This cookie wasn’t as popular with the family as the molasses ginger cookies, but a nice cookie nonetheless