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Best Vegan Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Best Vegan Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • 45 minutes, chill time:
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Secretly vegan chocolate thumbprint cookies are rich and decadent, and undetectably dairy free and eggless! Filled with a chocolate ganache for a deliciously chocolatey twist on the classic holiday cookie!


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  • 1 cup all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for coating
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or dairy free yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 batch vegan chocolate ganache or vegan nutella


  1. Please read through all instructions before beginning.
  2. Prep: Measure out all ingredients before beginning. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, arrowroot, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. Make the dough: In a large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then add in the applesauce, and mix again until combined. Sift in the dry ingredients, and use a silicone spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet just until mixed.
  5. Shape the thumbprint cookies: Scoop the cookie dough into 1 1/2 tbsp sized balls and roll into the granulated sugar for coating. Place about 2″ apart onto your cookie sheet and repeat for all of the dough. You should yield about 15 cookies. 
  6. Chill the dough: Place the cookie sheets into the fridge to chill for 45 minutes. While the cookie dough are chilling, preheat the oven to 350F.
  7. Bake the cookies: Place the cookie sheets into the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges have slightly spread.
  8. Immediately create the “thumbprint:” Press the handle end of a silicone spatula or handle end of a wooden spoon into the middle of each cookie gently, creating the thumbprint shape. Allow the cookies to set for 10 minutes on the baking sheet.
  9. Fill the thumbprint cookies: prepare the vegan chocolate ganache or Nutella if you haven’t already. Add about 1 teaspoon of ganache or Nutella into each cookie. Allow the chocolate to set for 15 minutes. 
  10. Enjoy! Serve the cookies and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months!


Gluten free: Use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour in the blue bag for gluten free!

Keywords: chocolate thumbprint cookies, vegan thumbprint cookies