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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies are a Christmas classic and they're easier than you might think!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Keyword Thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 116kcal
Author Ang Paris


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup jam or jelly


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Add the butter to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until creamy.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the sugars and cream together.
  • Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, measure out the flour, cornstarch and salt. Gently mix with a fork or whisk.
  • Put the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients a little at a time.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough.
  • Next, use your hands to roll the dough into balls.
  • Place the balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Press your thumb into the center of each dough ball to make a little well for the jam/jelly.
  • Chill the dough balls for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.
  • Add the jam to the center of the cookie - take care not to overfill.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool.


Optional: Melt 1 cup of white chocolate wafer (I like Ghiradelli) in the microwave 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled cookies and let rest until the chocolate hardens completely before storing them between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg