Easy Thumbprint Cookies Recipe: This Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Is a Classic by Kathy Widenhouse

Cookies Desserts
2 years ago

Easy Thumbprint Cookies Recipe: This Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookie Recipe Is a Classic

Thumbprint cookies are a classic cookie recipe that's a true family favorite. That's because their simple goodness and sweetness appeals to just about everyone.

My thumbprint cookies are a simplified version of the traditional classic dessert. Kids love to roll the dough into balls and press a finger or thumb in the middle – hence the name – to fill with their favorite jam. That's why this easy cookie recipe is not only delicious, but so much fun to make, too!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 15 to 30 minutes to chill dough
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 to 22 minutes
plus 15 to 30 minutes to chill dough
Servings: 12 to 24 cookies


Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl continually, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg yolks and extract. Beat until smooth.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Gradually stir flour mixture into creamed mixture a bit at a time until well blended, scraping the bowl constantly. Dough will be thick. If dough is too sticky to work with, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes until chilled.
  4. Scoop dough into large, marble-sized balls about 1 inch in diameter. Roll balls in between the palms of your hands until smooth. Set the balls onto prepared baking pan, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Dip your thumb or your knuckle into a bit of water until it is damp, but not dripping wet. Press your thumb or knuckle in the center of each ball, leaving a small well. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of jam into the well.
  6. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are set but have not begun to brown. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Cool cookies completely.

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Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Almond Extract $3 & Up
Vanilla $4 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Fruit Jams $3 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
These are delish! Thanks for the recipe, Kathy Widenhouse !
I love these cookies but didn’t know what they were called. Makes sense!
What a fun family activity that turns out yummy...

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