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Soft Thumbprint Cookies

Who’s ready for a sweet treat that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also brightens up any dessert table? I present to you: Thumbprint Cookies. These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies feature a well of glorious jam at their center.

And don’t let their cuteness fool you; these cookies pack a punch in the flavor department. With straightforward ingredients like no-salt butter, sugar, and your choice of jam, you’re in for a baking adventure that yields scrumptious results.


Can I use salted butter?

Yes, you can. Just omit the ¼ teaspoon of salt from the recipe.

Can I use a different type of sugar?

While granulated sugar is the go-to, you can experiment with other types like coconut sugar or brown sugar for a different flavor profile.

What kind of jam works best?

You can use any jam you like—strawberry, raspberry, and apricot are popular choices. Feel free to get creative!

Tips and Tricks

  1. Soft Butter: Make sure your butter is soft but not melted for the perfect dough consistency.
  2. Jam Quality: Use a high-quality jam; since it’s a central feature of the cookie, you want it to shine.
  3. Cookie Size: Consistency is key. Use a cookie scoop for uniformly sized cookies.


  1. Nutty Ambiance: Add a touch of almond extract along with the vanilla for a nutty undertone.
  2. Chocolate Twist: Melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the cookies once they’re cooled.

Where to Serve

These cookies are perfect for a range of occasions, from holiday gatherings to afternoon tea parties or even as a simple weeknight dessert. Their aesthetic appeal makes them a stunning addition to any dessert table.


Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them—just make sure to place a sheet of parchment paper between each layer to prevent sticking.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Overfilled Jams: If you put too much jam, it can spill over during baking. A small teaspoon is usually enough.
  2. Cracked Cookies: Make sure the dough is mixed well and is chilled as per the recipe to avoid cracks.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

  1. Jam Filling: Kids will have fun filling the thumbprints with jam. Just be sure to supervise so that they don’t overfill.
  2. Cookie Shaping: Children can help in shaping the cookies, making the thumbprints, and setting them on the baking sheet.
  3. Decorating: Once the cookies are cooled, kids can sprinkle powdered sugar or edible glitter for a festive look.

Topping Options

  1. Powdered Sugar: A light dusting adds a snowy, festive look.
  2. Edible Glitter: For that extra sparkle, especially during the holidays.
  3. Nuts: A small almond or pecan in the jam well can add crunch.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Simplicity: The recipe is straightforward, making it accessible for bakers of all levels.
  2. Texture Play: The soft, buttery cookie paired with the gooey jam center offers a delightful contrast.
  3. Customizable: You can easily switch out the jam or add extra toppings based on your personal preferences or seasonal ingredients.
  4. Kid-Friendly: The simplicity and fun steps like thumbprinting and jam-filling make it an ideal recipe to involve children in the baking process.

So, whether you’re hosting a gathering, looking for a fun family baking project, or simply craving something sweet and homemade, these Thumbprint Cookies have got you covered. Ready to bake some joy into your day?

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Easy Thumbprint Cookies
Yield: 12 cookies

Easy Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Indulge in the magic of Thumbprint Cookies, where each bite offers a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth experience paired with a dollop of your favorite jam. It's not just a cookie; it's a pocket-sized festival of flavors that dances on your palate and leaves you reaching for another.


  • 1 cup no salt butter, soft
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ⅓ cups flour
  • ½ cup jam


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper 
  2. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar 
  3. Add in the egg yolks, vanilla, and salt 
  4. Gradually add in the flour mix just until dough forms 
  5. Scoop and roll into balls 
  6. Roll the balls in sugar and place on lined baking sheet 
  7. Use a wooden spoon handle to make a hole in the center of the cookie, do not go all the way through 
  8. Spoon ½ teaspoon of jam into the hole 
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes just until edges begin to lightly brown 
  10. Cool completely
  11. Serve & enjoy! 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 562Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 100mgSodium 28467mgCarbohydrates 117gFiber 2gSugar 53gProtein 9g

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