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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies are a classic shortbread cookie with a jam center. This traditional holiday cookie is sweet, simple, and easy to bake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas cookie, Jam cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, Traditional cookie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 195.37kcal
Author Jen


  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar divided
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 3/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Raspberry Preserves


  • Cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of sugar together with an electric hand mixer in a large bowl.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients beating until combined (dough will be pretty dry).
  • Chill cookie dough in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Put remaining sugar in a shallow dish.
  • Form cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll until round.
  • Roll in a dish of sugar and place on cookie sheet.
  • Use the back of a teaspoon or thumb to make an indent in the center of the cookie. Preheat oven to 375.
  • Put preserves in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 10-15 seconds until easy to stir.
  • Spoon jam into indentation until filled.
  • Bake for 11 minutes until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.


For best cookie results, use a light-colored cookie sheet.
Do not over chill the cookie dough.
Use a high quality jam.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 195.37kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.97g | Protein: 1.72g | Fat: 9.59g | Saturated Fat: 5.94g | Cholesterol: 34.17mg | Sodium: 142.84mg | Potassium: 27.01mg | Fiber: 0.44g | Sugar: 13.86g | Vitamin A: 296.61IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 10.17mg | Iron: 0.73mg