Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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Thumbprint cookies, a classic treat that brings warmth and joy to any kitchen, hold a special place in my heart. As a food blogger, I often reminisce about the moments that kindled my love for baking. It all began during a cozy winter visit to my grandmother’s house. The house, filled with the sweet aroma of baked goods, had on the kitchen counter a batch of freshly made thumbprint cookies. Their inviting appearance and the way each little cookie cradled a dollop of jam was utterly captivating, marking the start of my baking journey.

That memorable day, my grandmother shared her secret recipe, a cherished heirloom passed down through generations. We spent the afternoon baking, laughing, and naturally, sampling the cookies, a delightful experience that deepened my appreciation for baking. Each bite was a perfect blend of buttery, crumbly goodness, with the sweet jam adding just the right touch of sweetness, enhancing the overall experience.

Ever since, these cookies have become a staple in my kitchen, a delightful treat for family gatherings, and a cherished recipe that connects me with my family’s history, bridging the past and present.

Now, I am excited to share with you a special version of this recipe, inspired by those cherished moments. This recipe brings a twist to the classic thumbprint cookie, incorporating wholesome ingredients like walnuts and a variety of jams to suit diverse tastes. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner, this recipe is straightforward, enjoyable, and ensures delicious results, inviting everyone to create their own sweet memories.

How to Prepare Thumbprint Cookies


  • Unsalted Butter: 1 cup (softened)
  • Brown Sugar: ⅔ cup
  • Egg: 1 large (separate yolk and white)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 cups
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • Walnuts: 1½ cups (finely chopped)
  • Fruit Jam: ¾ cup (any flavor)


  1. Prepare Dough: Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolk and vanilla, mix well. Gradually mix in flour and salt.
  2. Shape Cookies: Form dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball in beaten egg white, then roll in chopped walnuts.
  3. Bake: Place cookies on a baking sheet. Make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add Jam: Remove cookies from oven. Fill indentations with jam. Return to oven and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  5. Cool: Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy your homemade thumbprint cookies!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Different Types of Jam in Thumbprint Cookies?

A1: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various jams like raspberry, strawberry, apricot, or even more exotic flavors. The recipe is versatile and caters to different taste preferences.

Q2: How Long Do Thumbprint Cookies Last?

A2: When stored in an airtight container, these cookies can last up to a week at room temperature. They also freeze well, making them perfect for making ahead of time.

Q3: Can I Make Thumbprint Cookies Gluten-Free?

A3: Yes, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend to cater to gluten-free dietary needs. Ensure that it’s a 1:1 substitute to maintain the cookie’s texture.

Q4: How Can I Prevent My Thumbprint Cookies from Spreading Too Much?

A4: Make sure your butter isn’t too soft and chill the dough before baking. This helps maintain the shape of the cookies.

Q5: Is It Possible to Make Vegan Thumbprint Cookies?

A5: For a vegan version, use vegan butter and a plant-based egg substitute. Choose a jam that’s free from animal-derived gelling agents.

Q6: Can I Make the Cookies Without Nuts?

A6: Yes, you can omit the walnuts in the recipe for a nut-free version. The cookies will still be delicious!

Q7: Can I Use Fresh Fruit Instead of Jam?

A7: While jam is recommended for its consistency and sweetness, finely chopped, well-drained fresh fruit can be used as an alternative.

Q8: What’s the Best Way to Store Thumbprint Cookies?

A8: Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Avoid humid environments to maintain their texture.


Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1 large egg separated, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup any flavor fruit jam


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease two cookie sheets and set aside.
  • Whisk egg white in a small bowl. Place chopped walnuts in another small bowl.
  • Cream butter, brown sugar, and egg yolk in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add flour, vanilla, and salt; mix until well combined.
  • Scoop dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Dip in egg white, then roll in walnuts until coated. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until slightly puffed, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from the oven. Use your thumb to gently press an indent in the center of each cookie. Spoon jam into each thumbprint, filling it to the brim.
  • Return cookies to the oven and bake until set, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Keyword christmas, Cookies

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