Holiday Baking Series- Thumbprint Cookies

by Pam on January 4, 2013

These cookies look like they are more difficult to make than they are and are always a hit at cookie swaps, bake sales or parties. You can use any kind of jam, lemon curd or confectioners sugar icing for the filling.

1 cup of butter at room temperature

1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
 Pinch of salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of chopped nuts ( I use pecans or almonds)
3/4 cup of your favorite jam (strawberry & raspberry work well)


 Cream the butter and sugar on high speed for about 3 minutes or until well blended.  Stir the eggs and vanilla into the butter mixture. Add the flour and salt. Mix until just combined. Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Roll the cookies  into the nuts until covered. Place the balls on greased cookie sheets.  Press down with your thumb to make a small indentation in the center of each cookie. Add 1/2 teaspoon of jam to each cookie and bake for 12 minutes. 

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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Grace Hodgin January 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I’ve always loved thumbprint cookies one year I hired my sister to make a lot of these for me because I worked for my holiday cookies for the house.


Tonya January 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Those look really yummy. I’ll have to give them a try. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)


Crystal Threeprncs January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Suger icing filling sounds good to me ;)


Stefani @ January 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I LOVE making these cookies. YUM!


Emily Reviews January 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Yummy! Would love to try these.


Eco Baby Mama Drama January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

OMG we used to do these is home ec class! I didn’t have a recipe, seriously thank you so much!!


Beeb January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thumbprint cookies are such a classic!


Krystle(Baking Beauty) January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Yum these look delicious. We got a jam basket for Xmas would be a great way to use some of it up!


Barb W. January 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Nummy! These are one of my favorites to enjoy with a good cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing your recipe!


Shell Fruscione January 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Ooh those sound yummy!


Robyn Huffman January 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

my husband loves these cookies but I had no idea how to make them. Your recipe sounds super easy (a huge plus for someone like me), will definitely be trying this out this weekend.


Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired January 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Yum! I love thumbprint cookies. Those look delicious!


Terri January 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

Oh, yum! I love these cookies! My mother used to make them all the time :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!


MrsAshley January 6, 2013 at 2:50 am

Oohh those look yummy!


Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom January 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Yum.. sure looks delicious and like a fun and easy treat to make with the kids. Will have to try it this weekend. Thanks for a great idea and recipe


Kelly Nicholson January 9, 2013 at 3:30 am

im going to make some,the first batch is mine!


Shelley Bryan February 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I never knew how these were made. I’m so glad I stumbled across this post.


sheila ressel February 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

These are so good. My sister used to make these all the time before she developed a gluten intolerance. Now that you’ve given me the recipe I guess I’ll have to take over.


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