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pumpkin spice thumbprint cookies
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Chai-Spiced Pumpkin and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These pumpkin thumbprint cookies are super easy to make. They are a one bowl recipe that requires no resting time in the refrigerator and no rolling pin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Stefani


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until fully combined.
  • Mix in the egg yolks.
  • Mix in pureed pumpkin, flour, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, clove, ginger, black pepper, and salt until it a thick dough forms.
  • Scoop out balls of dough about two teaspoons in size and place them on a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet about one inch apart from each other.
  • Use your thumb or pointer finger to make a divot in the center of each ball of dough.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookies darken slightly in color.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and, while they are still hot, deepen any of the divots with your finger as needed.
  • Place on a cooling rack.

Filling Instructions

  • Melt chocolate chips and butter together in 20 second intervals in the microwave until all the chips are melted, stirring between each interval.
  • Spoon a small amount of filling into each of the divots.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg