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A pile of Jam Thumbprint Cookies topped with glaze.
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5 from 7 votes

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These festive Jam Thumbprint Cookies are an easy way to brighten up your holiday cookie trays. A soft and chewy shortbread base is filled with your favorite jam to create these classic Christmas cookies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting Time3 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 110kcal


  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons assorted jams ½ teaspoon per cookie
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar optional

For the Optional Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk or as much as needed for a sturdy but drizzling consistency


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugars until smooth, light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extracts and mix for another minute.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture all at once and beat for about 30 seconds, or until the dough resembles coarse crumbs. Finish by mixing it with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. You can work it with your hands a little, if needed.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (you should have about 28), and place them 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Make an indention in the center of each cookie by gently pressing your thumb in the center. Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon jam.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 3 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust the cooled cookies lightly with confectioners' sugar or drizzle with the optional glaze, if desired.

Optional Glaze

  • Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and 2 teaspoons milk. Add additional milk, in very small increments, to reach a sturdy but drizzling consistency. Use the tip of a small spoon to drizzle over the completely cooled cookies.


Use a small cookie scoop to easily create evenly sized cookies.
Storage Tips
Store completely cooled Jam Thumbprint cookies between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies with icing might fare better if stored in a single layer. Cookies are at the best quality if consumed within 3 or 4 days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg