Black Forest Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

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GUEST POST: Black Forest Kiss Thumbprint Cookies by Pass the Sushi

three chocolate thumbprint cookies on a white plate topped with Hershey kiss candies and a pink glaze with a silver Christmas tree in the background

Is it really round two of Katrina’s rocking cookie party already? No wait, is there really less than one week left before the big day? Oh snap. It’s time to get some things together.

ten chocolate thumbprint cookies on a baking sheet with Hershey kiss candies and a pink glaze

I’m pumped to be included in Katrina’s cookie round up again this year, featuring so many other talented and fun bloggers! Not to mention the challenge to think outside the box and come up with a new recipe. I had a bag of these Cherry Cordial Kisses in my pantry and I knew I wanted to make something with them. Cherries go with chocolate (what doesn’t) and with that, bam, these little babies were born.

Three Black Forest Thumbprint Cookies on a white plate with a silver Christmas tree in the background

Black Forest Kiss Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Puffy Chocolate cookies topped with cherry cordial candies


  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoon chocolate liquor
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 18 Cherry Cordial Kisses or chocolate covered cherries
  • 3/4 Cup confectioners’ sugar divided
  • 1 Tablespoon grenadine


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugar and egg yolks. Beat until fluffy about 5 minutes. Mix in the chocolate liquor.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.Using a tablespoon scoop, drop cookies about an inch from one another onto prepared baking sheet. Roll up those sleeves and go back in and form each cookie into a ball**. Press into the center with your thumb. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (I always prefer and underdone cookie to one that is too dry).
  • While the cookies are baking, unwrap your kisses and get them ready.
  • Remove cookies from oven onto a wire rack. Wait 2 minutes, sprinkle with ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar and then gently press a cherry kiss into the center of each cookie. Don’t touch them after this point – they will totally melt. Let cool completely.
  • Whisk together the remaining confectioners’ sugar and grenadine. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Let set before serving.

I don’t know if there is anything that Kita has made that I wouldn’t want to eat right up. I mean her tagline is “Fat-kid friendly down home delicious food.” How could this end badly?

You can connect with Kita on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog Pass the Sushi. Here are some cookies to get you started:

Jumbo Pretzel M&M Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Thanks for bringing the cookies, Kita!

- Katrina

16 Responses to “Black Forest Kiss Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. #
    Leslie — December 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    These look really delicious and so cute! I love using kisses in cookies, and this chocolate-cherry combo sounds divine in a cookie. Have a wonderfully Christmas week!

  2. #
    BruCrew Life — December 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Those are so pretty! I love chocolate and cherry together:-)
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    livingth3sw33tlife — December 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Yum yum yuuummm!! How fun – these are a super cool change to regular thumbprint cookies 🙂
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  4. #
    thedomesticrebel — December 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I love these and I LOVE those Hershey's cherry cordial kisses. Super yummy!
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  5. #
    Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    These are so pretty!

  6. #
    Sue — December 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I like this yummy spin on the kiss cookie! Beautiful photos!
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  7. #
    leslie gagne — December 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    These look yummy! Going to give them a try!

  8. #
    sally - OGFB — December 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I can just imagine how wonderful these taste. Going to try thumb print cookies. 😀
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  9. #
    susansmith — December 19, 2012 at 3:56 am

    It look so delicious.Love it very much.Perfect for the holidays!!!

  10. #
    Sarah — December 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    These are soo pretty! 🙂
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  11. #
    bakedbyrachel — December 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    The glaze is my favorite part! So pretty.
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  12. #
    Diane — December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    is there a substitute for the chocolate liquor

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      I haven’t tried it but you could try a really strong brewed coffee. Or Kahlua?

  13. #
    Haley — December 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    They look so onto good merry christmas
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. #
    Haley — December 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    They look so onto good merry christmas
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 B-) 🙂 :-!

  15. #
    IlaRae Miller — December 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Is there a non-alcohol substitute for the chocolate liquor? Thanks!

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