The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young kids. They see grown-ups working briskly in there, watch the steam rise from pots on the stove, and smell what’s on the menu that night. Even older kids might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. It isn’t always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows…. And during the weekend we all have a little bit more time right?!

Hi All, my name is Maya and I am behind the food blog «A table avec Maya». When my friend from “Les Enfants à Paris” came to me with the idea of sharing a recipe with you, I was immediately enthusiastic and knew on the spot which one it would be.

The “chocolate thumbprints” are delcious and easy to make cookies that don’t usually last for long once ready to be eaten. The great thing about this recipe is that kids, of all ages, can help. Young children will enjoy helping shape the biscuits with their thumb (hence the name, thumbprints), older ones will prepare the ingredients, weight and mix them.

With a bit of supervision, preparing those delicious cookies will transform your day into a joyful one, filled with concentration, hard work, laughter, delight and satisfaction.

No afternoon snack will ever taste as good as a homemade treat realised by little fingers. I hope you enjoy those biscuits as much as we did.


** Pour la recette en francais, cliquez ici


  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C, convection oven, take out the baking sheet beforehand.
  2. In a big bowl, mix the sugar and the melted butter.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and the flour.
  4. Knead the ingredients with your hands until you obtain a dough ball.
  5. Add milk if necessary (I added 2 tablespoons, reaching a total of 4).
  6. Divide the dough into 3 and form rolls of about 2 cm in diameter.
  7. Slice each roll into 12 pieces.
  8. Form balls with each piece by rolling them between your palms.
  9. Place half the balls on a baking plate lined with baking/ parchment paper.
  10. Press your thumb into each one to form a well.
  11. Bake the plate for 8 to12 minutes (see my comment on cooking time below).
  12. Halfway through the cooking, check the cookies: if the well is no longer apparent attempt to reform it with a teaspoon. Watch out, don’t burn yourself the oven is really hot!
  13. Cooking time varies a lot depending on your oven, so closely supervise the cooking. As soon as the biscuits turn golden, remove the tray from the oven.
  14. Place the cookies on a wire rack and leave them to cool.
  15. Proceed with the second batch of cookies.
  16. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Go slowly so as not to burn the chocolate.
  17. Mix gently to achieve a smooth result.
  18. With a teaspoon, drop a little chocolate in the palm of each cookie.
  19. Leave to cool down if you can before enjoying them.

Bon appétit!

2. mixing the dough with the fingers

3. cutting the dough

4. 4 hands rolling future biscuits

5. forming wells with thumbs

6. out of the oven, before adding the chocolate

The little hands you can see on the pictures are my own 8 and 10 year old elves.

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