Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint Cookies are very simple cookies, but they are the most delicious cookies in the world (after macarons). These cookies are buttery, soft, and just melting in your mouth. You have double or triple this recipe because they disappear so fast from the dessert table.

Thumbprint Cookies on the table with a glass bowl with jam.

How to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 350oF (177oC). Line two baking sheet pans with parchment paper or baking mat.

In the mixing bowl sift flour and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a pedal attachment, cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and beat again. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet pan.

cookies on the baking tray.

Using your thumb or spoon, make a small impression in the center of each ball of cookie dough. Fill impression with jam.

Tip from Marina: I like to use two different jams when I make these cookies. Half cookies with strawberry jam and half with apricot.

Bake cookies at 350oF (177oC) for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on a baking pan for 5-10 minutes, then carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

thumbprint cookies on the wire rack.

Recipe FAQs

How to store thumbprint cookies?

Store Thumbprint cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze thumbprint cookies?

You can also freeze baked cookies in Ziploc bag for up 2 months.

What jam to use for thumbprint cookies?

Use your favorite jam. I would recommend seedless jam.

Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Marina
These Thumbprint Cookies are buttery, soft and just melting in your mouth. They are the most delicious cookies in the world.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 208 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • 2 baking sheet pan

Ingredients
  

Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature 230 gr
  • cup granulated white sugar 150gr
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 1 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour 256gr

Topping

  • 3 Tbsp granulated white sugar 40gr
  • ½ cup strawberry jam

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350oF (177oC). Line two baking sheet pans with parchment paper or baking mat. 
  • In the mixing bowl sift flour and salt. Set aside. 
  • In the bowl of stand mixer with pedal attachment, cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and beat again.
  • With help of cookie scoop or tablespoon, roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on prepared baking sheet pan. 
  • Using your tumb or spoon, make a small impression in the center of each ball of cookies dough. Fill impression with jam. 
  • Bake cookies at 350oF (177oC) for 12-14 minutes or untill the cookies are lightly browned on edges.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on baking pan for 5-10 minutes, then carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Notes

Get all ingredients and tools ready before baking. 
All ingredients must be at room temperature. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 328IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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