Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies: a flavorful twist on a classic cookie that the whole family will love!

A spoon putting apple butter into Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies.

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With the holiday season fast approaching, one thing I really want to focus on with my girls is how important the giving aspect of holidays is (specifically with A because T is still too little to understand). It can be so easy to get caught up in the stress of the holidays and gifts that we want for ourselves, but giving is such an important part of life in general and this is especially true around the holidays.

Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies on a cooling rack with a broken cookie out front

As you guys probably know, one of my favorite ways to show my love is through food. Taking the time to cook or bake something delicious from scratch with the sole purpose of brightening another person’s day. Letting them know your love them and are thinking of them. It’s the little things. And plus also, nothing says love like freshly baked cookies! So when the opportunity presented itself to team up with Bob’s Red Mill again (you can see our last collaboration here) to share some love through baked goods, I jumped at the chance.

Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies of a rack.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill products for a long time because they are the highest quality and they really take my baked good from tasty to excellent. But I am especially loyal to these products because they also believe in making the world a better place through small acts of kindness. And that is something we could all use more of in this world. So these cookies are Made with Love, Baked with Bob’s.

A bag of Bob's Red Mill fou used in my Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies.

For this collaboration, I wanted to take a traditional cookie that we all know and love and add a seasonal twist to make it even more unique and delicious. I settled on apple cinnamon as my flavor profile for a few reasons. First of all, who doesn’t love apples? Nothing says comfort and holidays like an apple-themed dessert. I also love the idea of taking the same flavors as an all-American apple pie and integrating them into a cookie.

A rack of Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies with a hand pulling one out.

These Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies are full of great, seasonal flavor. They’re also super easy to make. For the filling, I used store-bought apple butter, but if you want to make your own apples butter, but you can find some great ones herehere and here.

I also shared a variation of this recipe in the recipe notes if you’re baking for a friend or family member who cannot eat nuts. I try to take this into account with much of my baking because we have a few family members who cannot eat nuts and I want them to enjoy as many of my holiday confections as possible!

A variation of Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies without nuts.

I shared these Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies with one of our neighbors. We are super lucky in that we have several neighbors who are so friendly and kind. The neighbor we brought these to has been especially generous in allowing us to borrow a few tools that we don’t own. He loved these cookies as much as well did!



2553 cal


187 g


187 g


55 g
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Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

Yields Around 3 dozen


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  • 1 stick salted butter, softened but not melted
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Apple butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, sugar egg yolk and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir into flour, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg until just combined.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  5. In a small bowl, combine chopped nuts and remaining cinnamon.
  6. Roll each ball in egg white and then the nuts mixture.
  7. Place each ball onto the baking sheet around an inch apart.
  8. Using your thumb or the back of a spoon, create a small hole in the middle of each cookie being careful not to go all the way through (the "thumbprint").
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  10. Cool.
  11. Fill the thumbprints with apple butter.
  12. Enjoy!


Variation: if you don't want to use the nuts/cinnamon mixture you could substitute it by rolling the balls in a mixture of 2 Tablespoons of sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

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This Apple Cinnamon Thumbprint Cookies recipe is an easy variation of a classic thumbprint cookie. Made with nuts and filled with apple butter, these have the same great flavors of an all-American apple pie and are great cookies to give to the ones you love (great Christmas cookies!). AD

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill. 

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  • Reply
    November 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm I love the combination of apple and cinnamon! You are right it’s the perfect time to break out this recipe. I will have to try these on my family.
    • Reply
      November 12, 2017 at 10:48 pm Thanks Leslie- I agree- it's a time-honored classic flavor combo. Enjoy!

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