Brown-Eyed Susans Cookies With Chocolate Center

brown eyed susan cookies
Claire Cohen
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies (serves 8)

These delicious thumbprint butter cookies are filled with a chocolate candy center so they look like brown-eyed Susan flowers.

This recipe is an example of molded cookies because the batter is rolled into a ball and then placed on the baking sheet. Molded cookies will spread on their own as they bake or are tamped flat with the bottom of a glass before going into the oven.

In this case, a chocolate candy star is used to push the dough ball flat on the baking pan. Other molded cookies include wreaths, crescents, and canes. See below for more cookie types.


  • 3/4 cup ​room-temperature butter
  • 1/3 cup​ granulated sugar
  • 1 large room-temperature egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
  • 2 dozen milk-chocolate star candies (or use a similar chocolate candy)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt. Stir in flour.

  2. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

  3. Heat oven to 400 F. Shape cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

  4. Place a chocolate star on each cookie, flattening the dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

  5. Cool cookies on the pan for 2 minutes then transfer individual cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Store cooled cookies with waxed paper or parchment paper between layers in an airtight container.

Other Types of Cookies

  • Drop cookies, also known as scooped cookies, is another simple type of cookie to make. The batter is dropped or scooped onto the prepared pan and then baked.

  • Bar cookies are baked in a rectangular or square pan and prepared by putting the dough in a rectangular pan and cut into bars, hence their name. Most drop cookie recipes can be baked in bars.

  • Pressed cookies or spritz cookies are made by pressing the dough through a cookie press or pastry tube to form different shapes.