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Thumbprint Cookies

  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 35 cookies 1x


These classic thumbprint cookies require only a few basic ingredients and they are very easy to make. Made with a simple sugar cookie dough, they are then indented and filled with any jam that your heart desires. The filling options are actually endless!



1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup assorted jams


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 3 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients but add them in two batches. Mix well until incorporated.
  4. Scoop about 1-inch balls using a small cookie scoop. Place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Press a thumbprint into the center of each ball, about 1/2-inch deep.
  6. Fill the center of each ball with your choice of jam.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 13 to 14 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  8. Let cool on baking sheets.
  9. Serve.


  • For the jam or jelly, you can use any flavor. Raspberry and apricot are good, and so are blackberry, strawberry, orange marmalade, and blueberry.
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