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Thumbprint Cookies

I remember thumbprint cookies from my childhood.

I always think of them as Christmas cookies because that is when my family would make them, but the truth is that they are popular cookies any time of the year.

I love the little pile of jam in the center and would try to save that for the last bite.

This is such an easy cookie recipe to make and so delicious. A good crunchy cookie, coated with nuts which is always a good thing, then you get to the little jam gem in the middle. Just so good!

One of my favorite things to do, especially around the holidays, is to replace the jam with a colorful candied half cherry.

Do half the cookies with green cherries and half topped with red cherries (see the photo above) for a really festive cookie.

If you take part in a Christmas cookie exchange, these cookies are perfect. Delicious and colorful everyone will appreciate getting a few of these for their own cookie trays.

You can create memories too with these wonderful cookies.

I think you will love them as much as I do. Enjoy.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

I think of thumbprint cookies as Christmas cookies because that is when my family would make them, but the truth is that they are popular cookies any time of the year.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 132 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, or pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup jam, or glace cherries for the thumbprint hollow


  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk, flour and vanilla. Shape into small balls.
  • Dip the balls into the egg white. Roll in nuts. Lay the cookie ball on a baking sheet. Press it down, making an indentation in the center with your thumb or finger.
  • When baked fill the center of each cookie with jam.
  • Bake at 325ºF for 10 minutes.


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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The recipe makes 12 to 16 cookies.


  • Use your favorite flavor of jam. It’s nice to use a variety of flavors, so people can have their pick. Try raspberry jam, strawberry, blackberry jam, apricot or peach jam.
  • Replace the dollop of jam with colorful half candied cherries around the holidays as in the image above. Thumbprint cookies really brighten up a holiday dessert tray.

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Thumbprint Cookies

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