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the BEST Thumbprint Cookies

An easy recipe that holds any kind of jam you like. Thumbprint cookies are a classic Christmas cookie that everyone can make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 22kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ c + 2 tbsp/225g all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp/2g baking powder
  • ½ tsp/3g salt
  • ¾ c/170g unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 c/135g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp/5ml vanilla extract
  • ½ c/170g apricot jam
  • 1 c/150g finely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line large baking sheets with baking parchment paper.
  • Combine butter and sugar in a bowl. Whip with a handheld mixer or stand mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy.
  • Combine in egg and vanilla. Beat until fully blended.
  • Add dry ingredients in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this helps the dough hold the indentation shape when baking).
  • Place chopped walnuts into small bowl. * the walnut steps are optional. You can skip the nuts, if you prefer.
  • Scoop the dough into 1” balls. A round tsp scoop works well. Roll between your palms into an even ball. Try to handle the dough as little as possible.
  • Roll in walnuts before placing on baking sheet. If walnuts are having trouble sticking, they may be too big and need to be chopped a bit more finely (be sure to pop the dough in the fridge if you find you need to chop them more finely).
  • Repeat with remaining dough, placing balls 2” apart.
  • With your thumb (or knuckle) press a ½” indentation in each ball.
  • Scoop some jam into each indentation until they are slightly heaped, about ¾ tsp jam.
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes until golden brown. If baking two sheets at once, rotate sheets halfway through the bake time and bake for an extra 1-2 minutes.

Notes

if the dough isn't easy to roll into balls, chill longer.
The calorie count included uses apricot jam and walnuts. Your jam may have a different calorie count that should be taken into account.

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg