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Tender-crisp and buttery, these Thumbprint Cookies can be filled with any jam you love. A class at Christmas, they shine like gems on your cookie plate!

Thumbprint Cookies

Tender-crisp and buttery, these Thumbprint Cookies can be filled with any jam you love. A class at Christmas, they shine like gems on your cookie plate!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 42 cookies
Calories 74 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup jam or preserves

Instructions

  1. In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed, or with an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla until smooth.

  2. Gradually add flour and baking powder until combined. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.

  3. Place rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie (if the dough is sticky, wet your thumb between cookies).

  5. Bake until light golden brown around the edges, about 11 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheets after 6 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately transfer to wire cooling racks. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon jam into the indentation on each baked cookie.

Recipe Notes

  1. Dough can be made ahead and kept refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before using.
  2. Adapted from Pillsbury's Complete Cookbook.