Jam Thumbprint Cookies From Scratch

Jam Thumbrpint cookies

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins

Classic, easy jam thumbprint cookies recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients. Soft and tender sugar cookies are indented and filled with jam!

Servings: 24 Cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, thumbprints
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1 cup Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk From large egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar For rolling cookie dough balls
  • 1/2 cup Jam or preserves Warm


  1. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add egg yolk (NO egg whites!), vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

  3. Add flour and mix until just combined. The dough will become dry and crumbly. Don't worry! 

  4. Use your hands to combine the crumbles together into a ball of cookie dough. Add a splash of milk or water to help bring the dough together, if necessary. Typically, the warmth of your hands should be enough to bring the crumbles together. 

  5. Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little balls. Make sure they are smooth and there are no cracks to prevent cookies from cracking on the edges during baking. 

  6. Roll cookie balls in a bowl of granulated sugar and place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper. 

  7. Gently, press your thumb in the center of each cookie ball to create an indentation.  

  8. Chill trays with these cookie balls in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. You cannot omit this step or else the cookies will spread during baking! 

  9. Fill each thumbprint with warm jam or preserves.

  10. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm and golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Jam Thumbrpint cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.