Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies

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These Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies are so cute and delicious! With a brown sugar shortbread base and red jelly hearts, these are perfect for love day! You might want to double the batch! ❤️


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • raspberry jelly


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (I use the whisk attachment for this part). Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  5. On your mixer, switch out the whisk attachment for the paddle attachment.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and combine.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Then remove from the oven and make a heart shape. See notes above for tips! 
  11. Using a small teaspoon add about a 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp of jelly to fill each side of the heart the indent. See notes above for tips!
  12. Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes more. The edges of the cookie should be lightly golden.
  13. Cool cookies on a wire rack.