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Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are warm peanut butter cookies, stuffed with Nutella and sprinkled with a little salt.

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies on parchment paper next to a bottle of milk

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

I’m not sure there is any food combination I love more than peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a classic that never ever gets old in my books. See this Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe or these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies or these peanut butter chocolate chip bars for further proof. Today, I’m sharing with you a super simple, 5 ingredient (naturally gluten-free!) Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies recipe that will blow your freaking mind. Following the step-by-step instructions below, you will only need a handful of ingredients to form the dough. Scoop them onto a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes. Then stick a thumb (or the end of a spatula!) into each warm cookie to create a well and fill with Nutella, which also miraculously happens to be gluten-free. I’m a big-time gluten enjoyer but know there are lots of delicious gluten-free recipes out there and this happens to be one of them. An optional last step is to sprinkle with some sea salt to get an extra added salty/sweet finish which I LOVE.

Main Ingredients Needed

Basically, you should have most, if not all, the ingredients to make these today! Or tomorrow. I’m not picky. Here’s what you’ll need to make these Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies:

  • Natural Peanut Butter – I like to use chunky natural peanut butter for this recipe for a nice added crunch and some structure since I don’t use flour.
  • Granulated + Brown Sugar – both are used to sweeten!
  • Egg – this adds all the structure these cookies need.
  • Vanilla – to flavor.
  • Nutella – this is stuffed into the middle of each thumbprint cookie. Alternatively you could use strawberry jam!
  • Sea Salt – this is optional but highly recommended, I just love that salty sweet combo.

How to Make Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

For full details on how to make these Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Preheat + Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Step 2: Make Cookie Dough

In large bowl, stir peanut butter together with sugar, egg and vanilla until combined.

Step 3: Scoop, Bake + Cool

Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using cookie scoop. Bake 10 minutes, until cookies have slightly flattened and are not shiny. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.

Step 4: Indent, Fill + Sprinkle

Press thumb into the center of the warm cookie or use the back of a utensil to create an indentation. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon nutella into hole and sprinkle with sea salt.

Now, bite into a warm one and let the nutella ooze, baby!  And just like that, my husband can’t live without me.

Storing Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies don’t need to be stored in the fridge however, you should cover these well. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days. Odds are they won’t last that long because they are *that* good!

As for freezing, I wouldn’t recommend freezing Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies. Since there isn’t any flour in these to give the cookies more structure they are prone to texture changes when frozen and thawed.

Top down view of Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies on parchment paper. One cookie has a bite taken out of it.

More Peanut Butter Cookies to Try!

These were so amazing, you guys. Make these asap!

The printable recipe card is down below 🙂

4.5 from 2 votes

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

These Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are warm peanut butter cookies, stuffed with Nutella and sprinkled with a little salt.
servings 24 small cookies
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 22 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, stir peanut butter together with sugar, egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using cookie scoop. Bake 10 minutes, until cookies have slightly flattened and are not shiny. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.
  • Press thumb into the center of the warm cookie or use the back of a utensil to create an indentation. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon nutella into hole and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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41 Responses
  1. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    They look amazing. I agree that anything salty sweet can save the world. Nutella, chocolate, you name it! These are so getting made sooner rather than later!!

  2. Michelle

    OH wow. those look so good. I’m on day 16 with no sugar so I should pretty much just stay away from your blog. I hope you post before and afters of your kitchen renovation!

  3. Cheri

    They don’t just look amazing, they are. Yes, I am one of “those” co-workers…thanks for sharing… even if it was (understandably) with regret!

  4. Megan | Eats Daily

    Haha I’m sure your fingers don’t look like Pringles cans, but it sure put a funny image in my head!
    Oh and these look great!

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    That Nutella on top is sucha great idea! I would punch those Bachelor girls in the throat too. #notashamedeither

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I seriously love these right now. And even more so that you use coarse sea salt because I cannot for the life of me mind fleur de sel anywhere than online.

  7. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite

    Maternity clothes in general are totally worth every penny! You know what else? Appropriate undergarments! I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything as life-changing as upgrading my unmentionables throughout my pregnancy 🙂

    These cookies look AWESOME! Yum!

  8. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    I get cold sores a lot too and they suck 🙁 I hope yours gets better really fast! And same with your renovation 🙂 But make more of these in the meantime and you’ll be golden! They look awesome and I love that they are gluten free! So amazing!!

  9. Rhonda_g

    Those look fantastic!!! And no your fingers aren’t like Pringles cans but more like Vienna sausages you know those little cocktail sausages lol just kidding can’t wait to try these ill probably make them today!

  10. Kristina

    NO I will not make out with you!!

    okay, for these cookies, yeah I would, tu tu tu TODAY, junior!

    I love the added salt… I can almost taste these now – as soon as I get my hands on some nutella I WILL!

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    1. These look amazing and I’m going to add them to my daughter’s birthday party goodies! And 2. I get cold sores too and they make me want to swear too! As soon as I feel that tingle, I take a good L-Lyseine pill. Take 7 of them. They almost always stop from popping out if you catch it early.

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