Savory Thumbprint Appetizer Bites

Save room for our cheesy, savory thumbprint appetizer bites! These bite-sized treats are the perfect dish to warm up a hungry group or to even serve as a hearty after-meal snack.

Jar of Hickory Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam with thumbprint appetizer and cheese on a cheese board

Jar of Hickory Farms Fig Chutney with thumbprint appetizers and cheese on a cheese board

We couldn’t choose between cheddar and gouda, so we decided to share both recipes. Try either the Simply Medium Cheddar Cheese and Simply Hot Pepper Bacon Jam thumbprint or the Simply Hickory Farms Creamy Gouda and Simply Fig Chutney thumbprint for a terrifically tasty variety of flavors.

Sangria and Thumbprint Appetizer shot from above

Savory and hot or creamy and sweet, these thumbprint appetizers will definitely please any hungry crowd. It’ll be hard to eat just one! Here’s what you need to make this quick, easy, and deliciously hearty bite:

Savory Thumbprint Appetizer Bites



  • Blend Simply Medium Cheddar Cheese or Simply Hickory Farms Creamy Gouda, flour, and butter in a food processor until dough is a coarse-meal texture and forms into a ball
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes
  • Remove from oven; use the back of a spoon to press the top of each ball, creating an indentation
  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon Simply Hot Pepper Bacon Jam or Simply Fig Chutney into indentation
  • Bake until edges are golden brown, about 5 minutes
  • Serve and enjoy
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