Hazelnut Thumbprints – Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club

For the holidays the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club decided to do a cookie exchange! After I had already looked at several cookies online my new Cooking Light issue arrived in the mail and in it were these Hazelnut Thumbprints. I knew immediately I was going to try these. I mean, how could I not? There was nutella in the center! These cookies were awesome. They went to our holiday party at work and were definitely a favorite of one particular faculty member. His words were “if I can’t stop eating these, then it is the best compliment you can receive – they are that good” as he ate the last cookie he stole from his spouse’s plate! ;o)

Check out what the rest of our Virtual Supper Club Members created in their kitchens this month:

Jamie: Raspberry Strippers
Val: Orange Walnut Tassies
Aggie: Peppermint Patties
Helene: Maple Date Bars


Hazelnut Thumbprints

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir to combine.

Place butter in large mixing bowl and beat with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Whisk egg yolk and espresso to combine. Add yolk mixture to butter mixer and beat at low speed until just combined.

Turn dough out onto pastry mate and knead about 6 times until smooth. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll sides of dough balls in chopped toasted hazelnuts, pressing gently to allow nuts to adhere to dough. Arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of each cookie leaving an indentation. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pans and cool completely. Once cooled, spoon about ½ teaspoon of Nutella spread into center of cookie.


  1. says

    Wow, that cookie looks like it wants to jump off the computer screen into my mouth. Too bad we couldn't meet in person so I could have taken these home. Look amazing and I'm sure they taste amazing too.

  2. says

    Just when I was about to make your eggnog thumbprint cookies, you go and post something that looks equally fantastic! I'm off to the store to buy some nutella!

  3. says

    I, too, was eyeing this recipe. I think you've convinced me. This is going on my "to try" list. On another note, may I ask how you get such amazing photos? I'm a total klutz at food photography myself. All of your pictures make me drool.

  4. says

    The minute I saw this months CL issue I fell in love with these too…I love love love Nutella!! Yours look exactly like theirs!! Great job! :) These wouldn't last very long at my house…

  5. says

    Oh my Shelby, I am going to a cooking exchange next week and these may be on the list. I'm a Nutella lover. Thanks for baking those cookies for our cookie exchange.

  6. says

    Shelby, of all the new cookie recipes I've seen this season, these have to be THE BEST and I'm not even a chocolate lover, but I do love nutella (go figure). Absolutely positively beautiful.

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