Thumbprint Cookies: Sweet Impressions in Every Bite

Thumbprint biscuits are sugar-coated, buttery shortbread biscuits filled with raspberry jam. You don’t have to wait until Christmas to enjoy these gorgeous cookies, a traditional holiday treat.

I have a soft spot for both traditional and innovative cookie recipes. Thumbprint cookies are a holiday tradition in our house. They are delicious and a must-have for the holiday season.

Thumbprint cookies—what exactly are they? You’re missing out if you haven’t tried a jam thumbprint before. They have a delicious jam filling and are buttery, delicate shortbread biscuits. Raspberry jam is my go-to because it’s deliciously sweet and tangy, and the rich red color is gorgeous. However, your preferred preserve can be used to fill the thumbprints.

These cookies are easy on the eyes but packed with flavor. A tried-and-true classic always works.

Cookie Ingredients

The most delicious cookies may be made with just a few essential ingredients.

All-purpose flour should be used.

To give the cookies some taste, salt.

Use unsalted butter that isn’t melted or overly soft. The butter should be at room temperature.

Granulated sugar is required for the cookie batter and the rolling process before baking.

I find that using a small amount of brown sugar adds an excellent taste and helps the cookies stay soft and not dry.

A rich biscuit starts with an egg yolk, which acts as a binder.

Adding vanilla extract is essential. You may add a quarter teaspoon of almond essence to the dough.

Jam, my personal favorite is raspberry, but any will do! Use a thick, flavorful jam for the best results. As the filling, the jam should be high quality and worth the added expense. You may put your jam in a bowl and stir it if it’s thick. You may microwave it briefly to thin it out if necessary.

Thumbprint Cookies

How to Make Thumbprint Cookies

Make these stunning ornaments in no time at all!

Combine the flour and salt in a standard bowl and stir to combine. Putting aside.

Beat the butter and sugars together using a stand or hand mixer. If necessary, use a spatula to scrape the edges of the basin. Mix in the egg yolk and vanilla essence until everything is evenly distributed.

Finally, add the dry ingredients and blend them on low speed. Avoid overworking the dough.

Form the dough into 1-1/2 teaspoon-sized balls. Add the remaining half cup of sugar in a separate, smaller bowl. Coat the balls entirely with sugar by rolling them in it.

Spread on a baking sheet coated with parchment paper or a Silpat mat; you may need two.

Each cookie dough ball should have a slight indentation made in the center with the rounded back of a teaspoon or your thumb. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let it cold for half an hour.

Get the oven nice and hot before you put anything in it.

Put the jam in a small plastic bag and seal it. Cut off one of the bag’s corners with a pair of scissors. Put about half a teaspoon of jam into each hole. Fill the hollow centers with jam using a tiny spoon or teaspoon instead. If you overload them, the jam will leak out during baking. Simplifying is the key to success.

Space the cookies out on the baking pans by at least 2 inches. Bake each pan for 10–12 minutes to get a light golden brown crust.

How to Store Thumbprint Cookies

Once the thumbprint cookies have cooled, please place them in an airtight container and keep them out on the counter. The cookies can be stored at room temperature. The cookies can’t be stacked due to the jam.

The shelf life of these cookies is at least five days.

Preserving Thumbprint Cookies in the Freezer

The unbaked cookies freeze best before the jam is added.

Prepare the cookie dough, then press it into the shape of a thumb. Freeze the cookies for 30 minutes to an hour to harden them. The raw cookie dough may be refrigerated for up to a month in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Put the cookies on baking pans and prepare the oven when baking. Put jam inside and bake. The cookies may go into the oven while still somewhat frozen, but you may need to bake them for an extra minute.


In conclusion, Thumbprint Cookies are an endearing and tasty dessert perfect for celebrating any event. The buttery, tender crumb, and excellent jam filling make them the ideal combination of ease and sweetness. Each bite of these delicious cookies will leave a lasting impact.

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