cherry {cobbler} thumbprint cookies for christmas

i have to say,

our thanksgiving staycation here in san diego was perfect. so were these happy accident cookies.

just me and my 3 peeps, making memories, staring new traditions…

we even spent 1 whole day “winter” cleaning the house and took out bags and bags of trash and donate-able stuff. it felt incredible.

cherry thumbprint christmas cookies recipe
turns out, we just needed a day to do it.

so i was excited to have some time to cuddle with my kiddos and make some goodies
while we watched christmas movies.

i was craving cherry cobbler, not pie, but cobbler, with the naughty flavor of the crumbly crust, ya know?  and since we had the time and no assignments, we took a few attempts to master these perfect cherry thumbprint cookies. they have only 5 ingredients and use a cake mix so there are lots of variations and ways it could be naughty. i might have to try these in chocolate form soon… but i’m almost positive you have what it takes to make this right now.

they’d be the perfect last minute take-to-a-party dessert or neighbor gift for christmas… so yummy and pretty.
and boss may or may not have had a few of them today… cause i’m an awesome mom.

cherry thumbprint christmas cookies recipe 3
cherry {cobbler} thumbprint cookies for christmas


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8-1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2-1 cup cinnamon/sugar

what to do

1. preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. mix cake mix, eggs, and oil {can use vegetable oil here, but i like coconut better.} add in a little flour until dough is a little firmer, but not forming a ball. {about the consistency that you like your regular cookies to be.}

3. form dough into 1/2-inch to 1-inch balls and drop into a bag or bowl of cinnamon/sugar until coated and place on a cookie sheet a few inches apart. press thumb into the center of each and drop 1 cherry, {or the equivalent in sauce} in each thumb hole.

4. bake for 7-8 minutes. move immediately to cool.


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About Meg

I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at to keep us busy. Email me at to work with me!

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