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Santa's Thumbprint Cookies

Santa's Thumbprint Cookies

Total Time To Complete: 42 Minutes
Makes: 48 cookies (4 dozen)

Suitable for ages 3 - 12

based on 19 reviews
These quick and easy cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges or gift giving.


  • 1 package (13 oz.) NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Jingles, unwrapped
  • 3/4 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

BEAT peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour and baking soda.

SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in 1 cup granulated sugar; place on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press 1 Nestlé Jingle into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:1/48 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 48

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 120
  • Calories from Fat: 50
  • Total Fat: 6g (9% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g (12% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV)
  • Sodium: 75mg (3% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g (5% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 0% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Reviews (19)

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Super easy

claire-anne aikman from indianapolis, IN

I had been looking for this recipe for a few days and finally found it here. I needed to use some chocolate kisses I had so I could cleanse some cabinet space. Te recipe is super easy, my little guy enjoyed helping (and eating the chocolate). Beware, the chocolate does not really stay on when cooled so best to make these in bite size portions so one can pop a whole cookie in mouth.

Excellent is right!

Steph Garrison from

Yum! I chose this cookie, along with the 'Tis the Season Holiday Macaroons (also outstanding!), to assemble for a cookie exchange this past Christmas. I knew these would be good, since I had already tried the Sweetheart Cookies here and these are the same, except with holiday bells instead. They were SO cute and delicious! There ended up being three different kinds of peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate pieces at the cookie exchange and these Thumbprint cookies were gone first! The Butterfinger candy adds such an interesting texture to that part of the cookie and everyone loved them! Will make again! *If you're pressed for time, you can also try using refrigerated cookie dough and roll that into balls with sugar/follow the recipe from there to get a similarly great effect.

Merry Christmas!

jennifer hoernig from MARYSVILLE, WA

These cookies have always meant Christmas is getting really close. I used to make these with my mother, but we used kisses instead of bells. These are always one of the first desserts to go at our holiday get togethers. They turn out soft and chewy, not hard and crumbly. If you are going to make them ahead of time, they freeze wonderfully. You can even sneek one out now and then and heat it in the microwave for about 8 seconds. YUMMY!!!

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sandra turner from TRAVERSE CITY, MI

this is a very good recipe,there are a few tricks to making them a little diffrent;i will share a few,you can use mint or candy. Very good addition to a good cookie.

To Beat The February Blahs !

charlotte law from BOWMANVILLE, ON

I meant to make these over Christmas, but never got it done, so...on a wintry February day I pulled out the stashed caramel filled chocolates( which were excellent, I wasn't able to find Jingles here in Canada) and had these out on a plate when the kids fought their way home thru the snowdrifts. What a hit ! A definite keeper. Quick, easy and impressive. Put some much needed sunshine into a dreary February day.

So much fun to make

Nancy Missaggia from GREAT BARRINGTON, MA

I made these the other day and they are great. The kids had so much fun helping. I made the cookie dough and the kids did the rest. It's a wonderful change in the ordiary peanut butter cookies. We ran out of the butterfinger candies and finished using kisses. So I would recommended picking up two bags of the candies.

Great Festive Cookie

Carole-Jo Grice from TOLEDO, OH

I just made these today and they were a hit with my husband. He wants to take them to work. I guess I will let him. Merry Holiday's

Tasty cookies, easy to make!


I made these cookies using kisses instead of jingles. Great cookies, very simple to make! Some recipes like this don't hold the candy in place or are too dry and crumbly, but these were the perfect consistency! My family just loved 'em! I will definately make these again, but I'll try the jingles next time!

Great for cookie exchange

Janine Fuchs from BROOMFIELD, CO

Everyone I gave these cookies to loved them.. Quick and easy...

Great Cookies

Olga Gavroski from Grand Blanc, MI

Excellent taste and very easy to make. They will be gone in no time.


Katie Browning from SHELBYVILLE, IN

I am new onto the baking scene. These were really easy to make and tasted so very good. I was impressed and these built up my confidence as a baker

Always Yummy

Mary from By the sea

Everyone loves this ole favorite. You can't go wrong. Good with crunch bells, or kisses. Have the milk or hot chocolate ready too!

Easy, tasty cookie

K. Matson from

Very good! Easy to make.

Thumbprint Cookies

Florence Lewis from WINTER PARK, FL

I enjoyed making these. They were very good. I used kisses instead of jingles on top. They were very easy to make.

Santa's Thumbprint Cookies

Nicole Hess from Manheim, PA

These are really easy cookies to make. They were a big hit for me this christmas. And they add character to a plate of christmas cookies. I will definatly make these again next year!

Santa Treats!


Fabulous cookies! Loved them!! My family really enjoyed these holiday treat!

santa thumbprints cookies

michele hernandez from cedar hill, TX

my children just love these cookies and i as well. My children helped in making them and that in itself was a delight. I used these cookies in the gigt bags to my neighbors and had a couple come ask for the recipe. that is always a good feeling.

Santa's Thumbprint Cookies


Excellent cookie!!!! So easy and so good! Great combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Easy enough for kids who like to help.

Santa's thumbprint cookies


These cookies are FANTASTIC!! the mix between peanut butter and chocolate is perfect! Everyone comes running when these are baked, and are always looking for more!

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