Ghirardelli Chocolate-Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Servings: 9 dozen


  • 1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (about 12 3/4 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (11-oz.) pkg. Ghirardelli Grand Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips


  • Prepare the Cookies: Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter with a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until incorporated after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating on low speed just until blended and smooth. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Scoop dough into balls using a 1-inch cookie scoop (about 1/2 tablespoon); place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Press your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon into center of each ball, forming an indentation. (Keep unused dough chilled while baking cookies.)
  • Bake, in batches, in preheated oven until lightly browned, 10 to 11 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks. Lightly press your thumb into indentations again while cookies are warm to reinforce shape. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the Filling: Place Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips, heavy cream, and butter in a medium-size microwavable bowl, and microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) until melted and smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Let stand 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a piping bag or a heavy-duty ziplock bag with 1/2 inch snipped from 1 corner. Pipe Filling into indentation in each cookie (about 1 teaspoon per cookie). Press 3 Ghirardelli Grand Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips into Filling of each chocolate peanut butter thumbprint cookie. Let stand until chocolate Filling is firm, about 1 hour.

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