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Best Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

This really is the Best Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe! These cookies taste like a brown sugar shortbread cookie with jam. Perfect for the holidays!

If you’re looking for the perfect little delectable cookie for the holiday season, you have found it with this Jam Thumbprint Cookies recipe! Have a whole batch ready in less than 1 hour.

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These cookies taste like brown sugar shortbread cookies with jam. They’re so soft and buttery and delicious. I would say these are our most favourite Christmas cookie…and everyone who ever has one, always loves them. They’re so so good. And a great thing about these classic thumbprint cookies is that you can use so many different flavours of jam…raspberry, strawberry, peach, apricot…endless endless tasty ideas!

Perfect for the holidays!

Jam thumbprints are perfect for your holiday cookie trays. These buttery cookies never last long on a cookie platter so make sure to put out the whole batch!

a plate of jam thumbprint cookies

Jams or Jellies to use:

  • raspberry jam
  • apricot jam
  • peach jam
  • strawberry jam
  • fig jam
  • chokecherry jelly (my Mom’s recipe)
  • orange marmalade
  • blackberry jam
  • lemon curd
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Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Tips

  • JAM: You can use any type of jam. See more info about jams above.
  • BUTTER: I use salted butter for this recipe (room temperature butter). You can use unsalted butter but just cut the salt in half to accommodate.
  • DO YOU HAVE TO CHILL THE DOUGH? No, I actually find that these cookies have less cracking if the dough isn’t chilled. And I like the way they bake better without chilling.
  • STORAGE: Keep these cookies in an airtight container, room temperature is fine.
  • FREEZING: These cookies freeze well. Pack them lightly, and in one even layer, so as not to squish the jam (use a freezer bag or airtight container). You can also freeze the raw cookie dough balls for up to 3 months, then let them thaw before baking.
  • WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER EGG WHITES: Here are some tasty recipe ideas for leftover egg whites.

About cracking:

Thumbprint cookies crack, they just do. And that’s fine, they still look delicious and taste great, but there are a few things you can do to minimize cracking and get the best results.

  • Make sure to roll the dough when it’s at room temperature, don’t chill it first.
  • Don’t let the dough dry out. Roll and indent the balls as soon as you can.
  • Roll the dough into a smooth ball, with no seams and no cracks.
  • When pressing indents into the ball of dough, do it slowly and softly. 
  • After you’ve made the indents, and if there is cracking, you can smooth or press them gently together with your fingers.
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How To Make Thumbprint Cookies:

Here’s a quick visual tutorial to show you what the cookie dough should look like when you’re making these jam thumbprint cookies.

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#1 Roll the dough into 1 inch smooth balls, space them about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.

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#2 Use your thumb or finger to create an indent in the centres of the dough balls.

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#3 Fill each centre with about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of jam.

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#4 Bake!

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Best Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

a top down image of a plate of jam thumbprint cookies

This really is the Best Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe! These cookies taste like a brown sugar shortbread cookie with jam. Perfect for the holidays!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 39 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • jam (any of your favourites: raspberry, apricot, peach, fig, strawberry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, I just use the paddle attachment. You will have to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  4. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine.
  7. Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch smooth balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Note: this recipe makes 24 cookies, so bake them in 2 separate batches, 12 cookies per baking sheet.
  8. Using your thumb or finger, make an indent in the centre of the ball (circular to hold the jam).
  9. Use a small spoon to add about a 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp of jam to the indent in each cookie.
  10. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes. The bottom edges of the cookies should be very light golden brown.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.

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