Fudgy Thumbprints filled with Chocolate Ganache

These are the perfect little cookies to brighten up a cold january day (or to make a friend doing Veganuary smile!) – after all nothing improves the mood more than some gooey chocolate and fudgy/toffee sweetness. The fudgy flavour comes from soft brown sugar and the chocolate ganache filling remains soft and slightly gooey, even once it has set. Big and Little S voted these as some of their all time favourite cookies – high praise indeed!

Fudgy Thumbprints filled with Chocolate Ganache (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free [depending on chocolate used], sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes about 18

  • 5 tbsps oat milk
  • 5 tbsps sunflower oil
  • 3/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

for the ganache:

  • 100g dairy-free chocolate
  • 1/4 cup oat cream
  • 1 tsp golden syrup

– Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Centigrade/ Gas mark 4

– Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment

– In a large bowl whisk together the oat milk, sunflower oil, sugar and vanilla.

– Sift in the flour, salt and bicarb and bring together to form a soft dough.

– Roll into 18 even sized balls and place (well spaced) on the cookie sheet. Using a wet thumb, press an indentation into the centre of each ball.

– Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden, risen and cooked through (check the bottoms to see if fully cooked). If the centres have popped up, press down the indentation with the back of a spoon.


– Cool on a wire rack.

– To make the chocolate ganache: carefully and gently melt together the chocolate, cream and syrup in a saucepan until its smooth and glossy. Cool a little.

– Pipe or spoon into the thumbprints and leave to cool.


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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

10 thoughts on “Fudgy Thumbprints filled with Chocolate Ganache

  1. Lovely! I don’t think I’ve ever seen oat cream in the shops here. I’ll have to do a little investigating. I wonder if coconut cream would work as well.

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