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Streusel-Topped Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are Christmas classics and I knew that I wanted to include some version of them in my cookie project.  But, it wasn’t until I saw a recipe for streusel cookies that I knew exactly how I would make my version of thumbprint cookies.

Here’s how it all went down in my brain.

The Good Cookie: Over 250 Delicious Recipes from Simple to Sublime

I was reading through this book when I saw a recipe for cinnamon almond streusel cookies.  I love streusel topping on everything (this summer I flipped for it on some baked peaches) so I knew I wanted to try it on cookies.

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Baking: From My Home to Yours

I did a search to see other ways that streusel cookies had been made and I came across a post on Lottie + Doof for their version of Dorrie Greenspan’s Jammers, adapted from this book.  The jammers are shortbread cookies topped with jam and streusel.  These cookies looked so amazing that I almost started baking them right then and there.  Almost.

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Norpro Muffin Rings, Set of 4

To make Dorie’s jammers, you need rings to bake the cookies in.  I didn’t think I had any.  I guess I need a better inventory of my stuff, because I later realized that I used rings when I made homemade crumpets.

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Wilton 12-Cavity Whoopie Pie Baking Pan, Makes Individual 3" Diameter Baked Goods and Treats, Non-Stick and Dishwasher-Safe, Enjoy or Give as Gift, Metal (1 Pan)

Lottie + Doof also suggest using a whoopie pie pan to make the jammers.  I’ve never made a whoopie pie and don’t have the pan.  I’m more of a cake gal than a frosting fan, and whoopie pies are like cupcakes with a much higher frosting to cake ratio.

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So, I decided to make things much easier and to bake super simple cookies with jam and streusel that didn’t require any special equipment – basic thumbprint cookies topped with an oatmeal brown sugar streusel topping.  It turns out that I was right – everything is better with a streusel topping.

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Streusel-Topped Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are Christmas classics and I knew I wanted to add my own twist with streusel.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword streusel-topped cookies, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 161kcal


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup jam any flavor

Streusel Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter cold and chopped into small pieces


Cookie Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and egg yolks until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in vanilla, flour, and salt until just combined.
  • Place tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat, two inches apart from each other.
  • Bake for five minutes.

Streusel Topping Instructions

  • Using your hands, mix all streusel topping ingredients together in a small bowl until it comes together and forms crumbs.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and use your thumb, or any preferred finger, to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  • Fill the indentations with jam and top the jam with the streusel topping.
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  • Place cookies on cooling rack to cool.


The thumbprint cookie recipe is slightly adapted from AllRecipes' Thumbprint Cookie I.


Nutrition Facts
Streusel-Topped Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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