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Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Written by Laura Schaefer


Posted on June 20 2023

Thumbprint Cookie

My Godmother loves these cookies!  She just retired from 38 years in teaching!  To celebrate I made her a batch of these beauties!

They're super easy to make and only have seven ingredients!  They're also incredibly delicious!

You can watch the video on instagram here.


  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
  • 6 ounces (170.1 g) cream cheese
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (281.25 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces (340.2 g) jam, (strawberry or raspberry work great!)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. 
  • Add the vanilla until incorporated. Beat until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.

  • Shape the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie.

  • Using your thumb or the back of a teaspoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Make sure not to press too deeply; you want to create a well for the jam but keep the shape intact.

  • Fill each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon of fruit jam or preserves. You can use one type of jam or mix and match flavors.

  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the cookies for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.

  • Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Enjoy your delicious thumbprint cookies! Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

That's it! Follow these instructions, and you'll have a batch of tasty thumbprint cookies to enjoy. Happy baking!

Thumbprint Cookies by Wandering Lark

Celebrating with my Godmother on her last day teaching!



  • Congratulations on the retirement and thank you for sharing the delicious recipe❤️

    Posted by Bonnie | June 28, 2023
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