Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint cookies are one of my favorites.  It is one of those cookies I grew up on, one of my grandmother’s recipes, a cookie that taste like home.  Think shortbread with jam.  I wish I could just copy it out of my recipe book for you, but it was one of those things I was taught to make by doing.  I have a list of ingredients, that’s all, but I think I can break it down for you it isn’t that hard.

Note: if you have a stand mixer, great use it, but if you don’t the batter can get a little thick for electric hand mixer.  I usually use my hand mixer till I have about half the flour added or the motor starts to strain, then I use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the rest of the flour into the butter.


  • 1 ½ cups butter; softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Seedless jam or preserve


Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

With electric beaters mix the butter and the sugar, then the vanilla. Slowly add the flour to your butter mixture one cup at a time, use a fork, or pastry cutter. In the first cup of flour, mix in the salt before you add it to the butter mixture.

Roll a tablespoon size ball in your hands and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly, and add a thumbprint. Fill the thumbprint with a teaspoon of jam.

Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

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