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)

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


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41 comments on “Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream Frosting”

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. 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

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

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

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


  11. 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!

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

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  14. 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!

  15. Brenda

    How many cookies per batch?

  16. 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.

  17. 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 🙂

  18. Angie

    These cookies are so unbelievably amazingly delicious!!!! Valentine’s week, I made 4-6 batches. They are absolutely delicious!!!!! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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