Along with Peanut Butter Blossoms, Jam Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas cookie classic that are baked and frozen in mass quantities in preparation for the Holidays. Truthfully, I don’t manage much in the way of holiday baking with our crazy schedule. But these cookies are such a favorite that I carve out a few hours on a weekend to bake up a batch. I’m an uber fan of how these cookies give me a way to show off my delicious 2 ingredient homemade jam without looking like I’m being obnoxious. “Here, would you like a cookie?” “Oh that jam? Yes, it IS delicious. Thank you, I made that.” See, it’s perfect. Of course the fact that the jam thumbprint cookies taste good is pretty dang awesome, too!
Jam Thumbprint cookies are called that for an obvious reason… thumbs are pressed into the dough prior to cooking to create a depression that holds your jam. A thumbprint holds the jam… Jam Thumbprint! I know, it’s just too ridiculously cute! These are a fun cookie for little people to help with. Their little fingers are absolutely precious for pressing the thumbprints. And boy oh boy do they love that job!
One of the best parts of these cookies is how customizable they are. Pick the jam flavors your family loves or use multiple flavors! Use homemade jams like we did, if you love that. But feel free to use purchased jam for a faster, easier cookie. It’s about the fun, family, and joy!
We sometimes get questions about this black cooling rack. It’s just a cheap-o cooling rack you can get at most stores, or you can buy one online if you prefer.
Jam Thumbprint Cookie
- 2/3 cup soft butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond, if you prefer
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Beat the butter for 30 seconds.
- Add the sugar, yolks, and vanilla. Beat until combined.
- Beat in the flour (you may need to stir in the last bit of the flour)
- Cover and chill the dough for about 1 hour.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Press your thumb into the center of the balls. (be sure to press well!)
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
- Cool and fill with jam.
Recipe Notesif the dough isn't easy to roll into balls, chill longer.
More cookie recipes you might love:
Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms
Peanut Butter Cookies
Apple Ginger Cookies
oatmeal chocolate chip cookies