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Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies

4.58 from 26 votes
My thumbprint cookies are buttery, fruity and festive, perfect for gifting no matter what the holiday occasion. 
Thumbprint Cookies - The only cookie recipe you will need for the holidays!!!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Thumbprint Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas Cookies to bake during the holiday season. Whether I’m baking up treats to give as gifts or just to have at my own family get-together, homemade sweets are a must, and these little cookies are always a big hit!

What are thumbprint cookies?

Thumbprint Cookies are an absolute classic, beloved by all, but not always homemade. These delightful sweet and fruity cookies are way easier to make than they look. These cookies are simply made with a super buttery and rich sugar cookie dough, filled with a touch of fruity jam, in this case raspberry. There really is nothing like the rich and flaky texture of this special cookie, with that soft, fruity, jammy center. You will love to give these cookies as gifts as they really are so impressive. No one will believe you made them at home.

[If you’re looking for a great recipe for jam you have to check out my 3 Microwave Jam Recipes.]

How to make thumbprint cookies

The best part of this Thumbprint Cookie recipe is that it is made from only 5 basic ingredients, butter, flour, sugar, almond extract and raspberry jam. Apart from the jam, all the ingredients are mixed up in one bowl, then formed into little balls. Next you press into them with your thumb, creating that perfect little well, this is where they get their name.

What to fill thumbprint cookies with

To each well, drop in the tiniest bit of raspberry jam, but you can really use any fruit jam your like. After each thumbprint is filled with jam these cookies bake for just 15 minutes. This makes them the perfect holiday cookie, they are minimal effort, maximum impact and of course full of flavor! Give these a try and I guarantee they will become an instant family favorite.

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Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies

4.58 from 26 votes
My thumbprint cookies are buttery, fruity and festive, perfect for gifting no matter what the holiday occasion. 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 18 -20
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
My thumbprint cookies are buttery, fruity and festive, perfect for gifting no matter what the holiday occasion. 
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 18 -20

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) butter, room temperature
  • cup (5oz/150g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups (10oz/300g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (21/2oz/75g) raspberry jam

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, granulated sugar and almond extract.
  • Beat at medium speed until evenly combined. Scrape sides of mixing bowl as needed.
  • Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour and salt. Mix until a dough is formed. Pull the dough together into a ball, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour preheat oven to 350oF (180oC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared pan. Make an indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb (The edges of the dough may crack slightly). Fill each with ¼ teaspoon jam.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let the cookies stand 1 minute before removing to a cooling rack.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Shirleyt
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Shirleyt
1 month ago

These cookies are delicious and easy to make.

Ida
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Ida
1 month ago

Hi Gemma, can I substitute the almond extract with vanilla? Will it alter the taste of the cookies?

nat.gibb.ford
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nat.gibb.ford
1 month ago

I made these today and they were to die for. I did use vanilla instead and ran out of jam so substituted with Nutella which was also delicious. This is a keeper 😊

Debbie
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Debbie
2 months ago

Hi Gemma, I was wondering if you can use preserves instead of jam does it matter, thank you

ShamimaS
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ShamimaS
4 months ago

Hi Gemma!

Made it today,it’s really very nice.Thanks for sharing all your lovely recipes .I have shared picture of the same.

With love
Shamima

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Kearabetswe Mogopodi
10 months ago

Hi Gemma,I have made the recipe for the jam thumbs for my tea party,I really recommend the recipe as a pastry chef.THANKS A MILLION

Rubie singh
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Rubie singh
11 months ago

I loved and enjoyed baking jam thumbs…though I tweaked by rolling cookies in almond powder …this was fantastic.

Faren Marée Ramos
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Faren Marée Ramos
1 year ago

Can I use your Crazy Cookie dough for this and then just add in the thumbprint and raspberry jam?

Eva
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Eva
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,

I wonder if the dough for this cookie can be made in advance and freeze until ready to bake.

Eva K
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Eva K
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,

I wonder if I can make the dough in advance and freeze it for baking later.

Eva

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