Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Thumbprint Cookies

15 Feb

Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there is a good chance that you (or your kids) have accumulated a decent sized stash leftover candy. This is a great way to get your kids to fork over their massive candy pile and get them cooking in the kitchen with you instead. I was lucky enough to have my two favorite sous chefs, my little sisters, to help my whip up these easy cookies. They loved the bright pink hue of the cookies, but you could mix it up with any color you want.

Freshly Baked Cookies!

Instead of plowing through a pile of chocolates, why not transform your candy stash into a batch of melty, yummy cookies! These are great to make after any chocolate fest, from Easter to Halloween because you can customize these cookies with any candy or filling you have on hand. These bright, sparkly cookies are the perfect treat for a birthday party or a girl’s night in. These only yield 12-15 cookies, so you may want to double the recipe if you are baking for a crowd.

Hot pink dough

Rolling the balls of dough in sanding sugar

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cookies

Adapted from Lemon Drop’s Valentine’s Day Softies and Cooking Light’s Raspberry Stripers


  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar +  3/4 Cup for rolling
  • 5 Tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg white
  • 1 1/2 Tsp red food coloring (you can get natural food coloring from Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 Cup red sanding sugar
  • 12-15 pieces of candy, spoonfuls of jam, or any other filling you choose (we used cherry jam, Hershey’s Hugs, and Heart-shaped Peppermint Patties)

Rosie pressing the Hugs into hot-out-of-the-oven cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit  and line two baking pans with parchment paper, then set the pans aside
  2. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl, then set aside
  3. Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended
  4. Add the vanilla, egg white, and food coloring to the sugar mixture, and beat well
  5. Add the flour mixture to sugar mixture and stir well until well-blended
  6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 15 minutes
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and roll it into 2-inch balls
  8. Roll each ball in the sugar, then place them on the tray
  9. For  filled cookies use  your thumb to make an impression, then spoon in your filling of choice (we used sour cherry jam)
  10. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, or up to 15 minutes for the filled cookies
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 2-3 minutes, then gently press your candy into the center

Bake these cookies for a special treat to brighten up a regular day or to serve at a fun occasion!

Adorable food layout by Rosie (she took some great photos of the cookies all by herself)

4 Responses to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. Laura Leigh Goyer February 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    These are super cute! Great idea 🙂

  2. Jaky Astik February 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Oh oh, Alice loves thumbprint cookies!

    • ModernAlice February 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Haha. Thanks for stopping by Jaky!

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