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HERSHEY'S KISSES Springtime Thumbprint Cookies


9 Min.
1 Hr.
Skill Level:
36 cookies

Springtime brings lots of new color, and this beginner-friendly springtime thumbprint cookies recipe is no exception. Start with a classic but always delicious cookie recipe and add food coloring to the cookie dough. Sprinkle with colored decorating sugar for even more color and texture, too. Don't forget to top with everyone's favorite HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolate. Perfect for Easter celebrations, your family and friends are sure to love these HERSHEY'S KISSES Springtime Thumbprint Cookies!  Read our 8 Twists on the Iconic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie for even more fresh takes on a classic cookie.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour
Bake Time
9 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


  • 6 Tbsps
    butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • food color in desired color or colors
  • decorating sugars to match cookie color
  • 1/3 cup
    ready-to-spread vanilla frosting or your favorite homemade vanilla frosting


Equipment Needed 
oven oven
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
spatula spatula
cookie sheet cookie sheet
wire rack wire rack
bowls bowls for each color

Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.


Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly.


Divide dough into separate bowl for each color desired. Add desired food coloring to each bowl, mixing until color of dough is uniform. Form 36 equal balls (about 1 inch). Roll each ball in the matching sugar color. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Gently press thumb into ball forming indentation.


Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from pan to wire rack. Press thumb again into each indentation if needed. Cool completely.


Divide and tint frosting to match cookie colors. Place about 1/2 teaspoon frosting in each indentation. Press chocolate piece onto each cookie.

Frosting Tip

Instead of matching frosting with cookie colors, try mixing and matching frosting and cookie colors.

Try Our Other Thumbprint Cookie Recipes:

HERSHEY'S Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms:

Everyone recognizes these classic HERSHEY'S KISSES peanut butter blossom cookies. People will instantly want to get their hands on one and keep coming back for more!

NO-BAKE Peanut Butter Blossoms:

Quick and easy treat with no oven required. Use crunchy cereal to create the base for these chocolate and peanut butter blossom cookies. Add HERSHEY’S HUGS Candy to each blossom, and voila!

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