Thumbprint Cookies with Icing and Sprinkles

by M Caroline
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These thumbprint cookies with icing are so easy to make and delicious, too! There are only four ingredients in the cookies, and the icing is a snap to make. It’s so simple to make these homemade cookies for your family to enjoy!

thumbprint cookies with icing and sprinkles

What I really love about these tasty cookies is that it’s so easy to switch up the food coloring in the icing.

Just make green and red icing, and add holiday sprinkles, and boom – you have perfectly themed Christmas cookies. Pink or red icing is perfect for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day. You can even make these in red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July. Make icing in your favorite team’s colors, and they’re fun for a Superbowl party! The only limit is really your imagination!

If you’re looking for more yummy cookie and sweet recipes, check out our more traditional thumbprint cookies with jam, our never fail chocolate cupcakes, a decadent chocolate fresh fruit cake with whipped cream, or even our fun sweet and healthy chocolate chocolate fruit dip recipe with Greek Yogurt.

Here it is, our easy, delicious recipe for thumbprint cookies with icing and sprinkles.

Thumbprint Cookies with Icing and Sprinkles

These are such easy cookies! Any time I want a cookie recipe that’s fast, and pretty enough to share, these are the ones I make. They’re great for school cookie drives, especially, as there are no nuts in the ingredients!

What you’ll need:

Thumbprint cookie ingredients

  • 1 cup softened salted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Icing ingredients

How to make easy thumbprint cookies with icing

These yummy, homemade cookies and icing only take about 15 minutes to make, including making the icing (plus cooking and decorating time).

Directions for cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by creaming cream softened butter and white sugar until smooth in a medium bowl, and add almond extract and mix.

Add flour until dough starts to form little balls, and stick together.

Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls with your hands.

forming ball for thumbprint cookies

Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, press an indent into the balls.

 using measuring spoon to create indent in top of thumbprint cookies with icing

Leave the indent empty for now! You’ll add the icing AFTER the cookies are cooked and cool

Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned underneath.

Let cool at least half an hour before adding icing.

Directions for icing

In a medium bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar,  almond extract, and 2 tsp milk. Add 1 tsp milk at at time until smooth.

When cookies are cool, use a teaspoon to pour icing into indent in the middle of the cookies.

pouring blue icing on top of thumbprint cookies to make thumbprint cookies with icing

If you’re like me, you’ll probably succumb to the temptation of warm cookie smell and sweet icing, and eat a few of these now.

hand holding thumbprint cookies with icing

These are pretty cookies with only the icing on top. Even if you’re a little messy with the icing they’ll look great. Mine are definitely never perfect – check out the drips in the photo!

thumbprint cookies with icing but no sprinkles blue and red

If you want, you can skip the sprinkles. Here’s a secret: I’m not a huge fan of sprinkles, so I usually eat mine with just the icing. The kids love sprinkles, though, so I usually add some.

Next, just add sprinkles on top. We used classic confetti sprinkles, but really you can add almost any kind you want!

Tip! The sprinkles stick better if you add them right after the icing, before the icing has a chance to start drying!

thumbprint cookies with icing and sprinkles

If you’re packaging the cookies to take away, wait an hour for the icing to dry. If not, enjoy right away!

Thumbprint cookies with icing calories

I’d love to say that these are low calorie, but alas, since these are made with butter and flour, they’re pretty much
shortbread thumbprint cookies with icing . This recipe makes 36 cookies, and they’re about 105 calories a cookie.

Pecan thumbprint cookies with icing

Want to make pecan thumbprint cookies with icing? Just add 1 cup of chopped pecans to the dry ingredients!

Looking for thumbprint cookies with buttercream icing?

Just swap out the icing in this recipe for our delicious, homemade buttercream icing with real butter. It’s so good!

Want easy Betty Crocker icing on thumbprint cookies?

Want to make these easy thumbprint cookies with icing even easier? Just swap Betty Crocker icing for the icing in this recipe. Easy!

Yield: 36

Easy Thumbprint Cookies with Icing

Easy Thumbprint Cookies with Icing

These easy, delicious cookies are a favorite in our house!

Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cookie ingredients
  • 1 cup softened salted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Icing ingredients
  • 1 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • 2 to 6 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • food coloring

Instructions

Directions for cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream softened butter and white sugar until smooth.
  3. Add almond extract and mix.
  4. Add flour until dough starts to form little balls, and stick together.
  5. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, press an indent into the balls.
  8. Leave the indent empty for now! You'll add the icing AFTER the cookies are cooked and cool
  9. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned underneath.
  10. Let cool at least half an hour before adding icing.

Directions for icing

  1. In a medium bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and 2 tsp milk. Add 1 tsp milk at at time until smooth.
  2. When cookies are cool, use a teaspoon to pour icing into indent in the middle of the cookies.
  3. Add sprinkles, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105 Total Fat: 5.5g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 13.8g Protein: 0.9g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.
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Sarah January 18, 2019 - 9:56 am

What a neat little twist on thumbprint cookies. I am definitely going to give these a try. I love the idea of coloring the icing to go with various holidays.

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Lisa April 25, 2019 - 11:42 am

These are such a fun and tasty cookie. The kids really enjoyed baking and eating them!

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Taryn April 25, 2019 - 12:02 pm

My kids love these. So easy and so cute!

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Noelle May 8, 2019 - 12:32 pm

So festive with the colors! I loved the taste though, it was a hit with my family 🙂

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Jessica Formicola May 8, 2019 - 12:39 pm

I love these cookies! And I love how easily you can customize the colors for different holidays and events!

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