Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream Frosting

These delicious, delicate Thumbprint Cookies are topped with a sweet pink Cherry Buttercream Frosting!

I tend to get obsessive when it comes to my baking. Whether it’s a pumpkin obsession, truffle obsession, or pink Valentine treats obsession. I take things a bit overboard. To the point where my family says to me, “another pink treat???”

Not that they are complaining, after all, these are quite tasty.

But it did get me thinking about cake. Are you all a whipped cream frosting or buttercream frosting type of people? I personally am buttercream. The more sugar the better. Not to say I would pass on a piece of cake with whipped cream frosting…oh no, not at all.

Now I want cake. With any frosting.

Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream Frosting


For the cookie:

  • 11 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla sugar (or granulated)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • sprinkles


  1. For the cookies, beat butter with vanilla sugar for 3-4 minutes. Add egg and salt. Beat in vanilla and flour. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for one hour.  
  2. Roll dough into one inch balls. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press small teaspoon to make an indent in the center of the cookie. Cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, beat butter, cherry juice and powdered sugar until creamy and desired consistency.  
  4. Put frosting in a decorator bag with a star tip. Pipe frosting onto cookie indent and immediately decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Enjoy!  
(recipe adapted from BH&G)
**If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also enjoy….

Cherry Cordial Cookiesย by Inside BruCrew Life
Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookiesย by Shugary Sweets

These delicious, delicate Thumbprint Cookies are topped with a sweet pink Cherry Buttercream Frosting!


43 comments on “Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream Frosting”

  1. I love that you get obsessed with a certain thing and then bake like crazy with it…probably because that is how I am too:-) Bring on the crazy overboard girls!!!!

    These cookies are so adorable!!! They totally scream tea party to me!! The sprinkle heart on top? Love it!!!!

    Cake??? I want some cake:-)

  2. Gorgeous!! Your piped filling looks so much prettier than the average thumbprints…great idea~

  3. these look so cute and festive and I will be posting pink food any day now, too!

  4. You jumped on the valentine’s day treat train! I haven’t done it yet, like I said I was going to haha..these look so cute and delicious! I love the bright pink sprinkle heart on top ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. So festive with valentines day coming up! Your frosting looks perfect ( I need to work on my frosting ability)! Another great recipe!

  6. Are our brains doing an ESP thing or something? I just wrote my Birthday Cake Bark post on how I become obsessed with things… like right now, cake batter and Diet Coke.

    Hey, our obsessions could be worse… or ugly. These cookies are definitely on the amazing and gorgeous end of the obsession spectrum ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Mmm these look so delicious! I was wondering how you did the cherry flavoring — maraschino cheery juice! Brilliant!

  8. YUMMO..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering..I have bookmarked it..


  9. What a delightful cookie! I am with you, buttercream all the way, and adding cherries to it sounds perfect.

  10. How cute and festive! I’d love for you to stop by and share at What’s Cooking Wednesday (! We meet each and every Wednesday, can’t wait to see you there ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yum… I wish a had a whole plate of them!

  12. I just found your blog and can I just tell you how excited I am!!! I am so looking forward to trying many of your recipes (we are making the chocolate peanut butter donuts tonight) and wanted to thank you for sharing your talent. Yum, everything looks so tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Those cookies are beautiful. I know they taste even better! Come visit us. We have a great soup recipe and tomorrow roasted veges and pasta!

  14. These are so cute!! And they look delicious too. Now I want cookies…. and frosting… lots of frosting

  15. Cookies are very pretty and never to soon to start baking especially cookies. Love Love and I will take any type of icing. andi

  16. These are beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

  17. What beautiful cookies and perfect for Valentines! I would love you to come visit me at

    Thanks! The Farm Girl

  18. These are beautiful! I love the pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. These are precious! So dainty and pretty, On my list to make now! Pinned it!

  20. These are darling! If they taste half as good as they look, they must be marvelous.

  21. I’m sure one cannot have to many pink treats! My little granddaughters would love these.

  22. You have the most amazing site your pictures are awesome too…..I’d love for you to share some of your beautiful sweets over @CountryMommaCooks “Link & Greet” party this weekend….have a wonderful day!

  23. pinning!!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party


  24. These are so pretty. Good luck from Bacon Time.

  25. How cute!
    Heart sprinkles win me over every time.

  26. Oh my gosh they’re so CUTE! I just couldn’t resist clicking over from the linky party. I’d love to make these once we get closer to VDay and take them to work (because I do NOT need to have them hanging around the house!) – I’ll be sure to let you know and link back if/when I do.

  27. These are adorable.So pink and cute!! I can’t wait to try these! I linked to you from Melt in Your Monday Monday. Thanks!!

  28. These look so good and I love anything cherry! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We hope you come back and share more of your ideas. -The Sisters

  29. I could definitely find myself obsessing over these thumbprint cookies!

  30. These are absolutely beautiful! We’re featuring them at our Seasonal Inspiration party – thanks for sharing!

  31. I’m going wild for that vanilla-cherry combo. Definitely featuring your recipe on my FB page today!


  32. Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button!

  33. This is such a cute treat! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

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  35. Found your blog through this sweet collection. I’m so surprised that you didn’t actually use your thumb to make the thumbprints! So fun!

  36. Brenda

    How many cookies per batch?

  37. Gina

    These are oh-so-yummy! I made them to bring into work for the pre-valentine’s day. My boyfriends parents said “oh, you can’t bring them, they’re terrible (said w/ a mouth full of cookie).” It’s what they tell me whenever they don’t want to share…with even me. I didn’t have maraschino juice, so i used ~3T of grenadine, and ~1/4t of vanilla. I topped them off with a necco heart. Super soft cookie too, definitely making them again.

  38. These little cookies are so cute and sound so yummy! You should be pleased- out of all the MANY recipes I looked at, these cookies are the ones I decided to make for Valentine’s Day. Have all the ingredients ready and can’t wait to make them in a couple of days! I’ll let you know how they turn out, I’m sure they’ll be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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