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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are classic buttery, rich holiday cookies filled with jam. This easy recipe is a hit every single time. Whether you make raspberry thumbprint cookies, chocolate, or strawberry, you can’t go wrong.

Thumbprint Cookies

What Are Thumbprint Cookies?

Thumbprint cookies are soft butter cookies that have a divot in the center (made by pressing your thumb into the dough). The divot is typically filled with jam.

What Makes This Recipe Special

I like to make my cookies with an oatmeal brown sugar streusel topping (crumb topping). This is totally optional, but I think everything is better with little crumbs on top (see my crumb-topped raspberry scones and my apple crumble pie, too).

Mixing crumb topping

How to Make Thumbprint Cookies

Mix butter, brown sugar, and egg yolks until light and fluffy.

Mix in vanilla, flour, and salt.

Make small balls of dough (about tablespoon-sized each) and bake for five minutes. You want them to bake enough to rise and look like cookies before making divots. If you make the thumbprints before baking the cookies, the indentation will disappear when the dough rises slightly in the oven.

Remove the cookies from the oven and make indentations in the center of each cookie using your thumb or any other finger.

Fill the indentations with your filling of choice, optionally top with streusel, and bake for another 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Jar of Cranberry Jam

There are so many options for jam fillings. The most popular is raspberry, but you can also use strawberry jam, apricot, peach, cranberry jam or any flavor you like. You might even want to try my extra decadent bourbon bacon jam as a filling!

Curds works really similarly to jams. These cookies are so good when filled with lemon curd or banana curd!

For a really unique jam-like filling, try using poppy seed filling like people often use in hamantashen.

Other Variations

Snickerdoodle kiss cookies on a cooling rack

Image source: Baked by Rachel

You can also fill the indentations with chocolate chips. They will melt during the make and you’ll end up with awesome chocolate thumbprint cookies.

Another chocolate variation is to use Hershey’s Kisses like Baked by Rachel’s snickerdoodle kiss cookies. For that variation, you actually don’t even make a thumbprint; simply press the Kiss into the cookie at the very end of the bake just when it comes out of the oven. (You don’t want the chocolate to melt.)

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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are classic buttery, rich holiday cookies! This EASY jam thumbprint recipe is a hit with raspberry jam, strawberry, or any flavor!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword jam thumbprint cookies, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 161kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

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 Topping 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

You can fill the indentations with chocolate chips instead of jam. They will melt during the bake and you'll end up with awesome chocolate thumbprint cookies.
Another chocolate variation is to use Hershey's Kisses like Baked by Rachel's snickerdoodle kiss cookies. For that variation, you actually don't even make a thumbprint. Simply press the Kiss into the cookie at the very end of the bake just when it comes out of the oven. You don't want the chocolate to melt.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
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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3 comments on “Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. Ediasays:

    I liked this cookie. I left them for more than 15 min in the oven and took them out and I think they were a bit under-baked (and flat), however they tasted pretty good. My version was tangy as I made a raspberrie compote (cooked fruit without sugar) and the contrast between the tangy compote vs the sweet streusel was really good. Will be making these soon with mango compote or rhubarb. Thanks!!

  2. Annsays:

    5 stars
    This is one of the most creative cookies I have ever seen. They look so appetizing, and they are spicy, me and my family liked them very much! Yummy! And this Streusel topping is fantastic. I also liked the variation with chocolate chips. This is a great beautiful treat for tea for every taste. I wonder how long and under what conditions can I store such cookies? Thank you so much!

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