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Thumbprint cookies in a tin for gift giving.

Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are soft vanilla cookies filled with fruit jam and baked until golden brown. An easy and classic cookie that's perfect for parties, after school snacks and special occasions.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 163kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more for rolling the cookies
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup jam


  • Place the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract, then beat for 1-2 minutes or until well combined.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl. Beat until just blended.
  • Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a disk. Cover the dough completely with the plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 3 days.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before you plan to use it.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then coat each ball in granulated sugar.
  • Place the balls of dough 3 inches apart on 2 sheets pan lined with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  • Use your thumb, the back of a teaspoon, or the round end of a pestle to make an indentation in each cookie. Be gentle as you make each indentation so that the cookies don't crack.
  • Fill each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon of jam.
  • Place the trays of cookies in the freezer. Chill for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are firm.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let sit for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool completely.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg