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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!
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Chilling time30 minutes
Servings40 cookies


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


  • 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.


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.


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