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Thumbprint Cookies

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Ever since I became addicted to canning this year and started making all of my own jams and jellies, I’ve fallen in love with desserts that make use of preserves. I guess I never realized how many types of jam desserts there are – pies, tarts, fillings for cakes, and of course cookies, to name a few. These cookies are are rich and buttery (they’re actually quite similar to butter cookies), and they’re a cinch to throw together if you’re scrambling to put out a cookie tray or whip up an extra homemade Christmas gift – in fact, I think I may give them away this year with the recipe and a jar of homemade jam!Β This recipe yields about 20 cookies, but you can easily double or triple the recipe to make more.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth.

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Beat in the flour.

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Roll the dough into 1″ balls and then roll them in granulated sugar. Place 1″ apart on the baking sheets.

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Bake 10 minutes, and then remove from the oven. Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie.

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Return the cookies to the oven and bake about 8 minutes longer before removing to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, fill the cookies with your favorite jam.

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Posted by on October 29, 2010.

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30 Responses

  1. Thumbprints were my grandma’s speciality! They always remind me of her. πŸ™‚

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Oct 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

  2. Tracy, nothing says Christmas to me like jam filled cookies.

    by Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon on Oct 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

  3. I love thumbprints! These look fantastic!

    by april on Oct 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

  4. Love these, Tracy! What a great use for jam!

    by carter @ the kitchenette on Oct 29, 2010 at 10:16 am

  5. I love thumbprint cookies! These are beautiful in the Christmas Red!

    by Steph@stephsbitebybite on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

  6. Great idea! I made several jams/jellys this year and will end up with too much even after gifts (I got a little carried away). This is perfect to use some of it up! Thanks for the idea/recipe!

    by Lee Ann on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

  7. Those look beautifully perfect for the holidays. Love the red jam. And great idea to give jam and the recipe as gifts.

    by Katrina on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

  8. These are absolutely beautiful and would definitely catch anyone’s eye. I love their red jeweled centers.

    by Lisa on Oct 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  9. These look so pretty and festive! Wish I could have the courage to make my own jam. Maybe one day…

    by Tracy on Oct 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  10. Canning and gardening, next year’s goal. I think it is easier than trying to loose weight, which has been my goal for most of my life! LOL!!

    Those cookies look yummy!

    by BethieofVA on Oct 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  11. Love your gift idea, I’m bookmarking this page now!

    by Elle Ross on Oct 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  12. Aww these thumbprint cookies are amazing looking!! I love the recipe.

    by Katrina on Oct 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  13. Your cookies immediately caught my eye – so festive and perfect for a Christmas cookie tray!

    by Louanne on Oct 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  14. What beautiful cookies! With all these wonderful ideas, I can’t wait for Christmas to arrive!

    by Beth on Oct 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

  15. How pretty! i love the festive red jam!

    by Crustabakes on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm

  16. Mmm – I love thumbprints, especially when they are filled with chocolate!

    by megan on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

  17. These look so beautiful, delicate and buttery! So yummy with homemade jam(I’ve done the same thing)!

    by Sue on Oct 30, 2010 at 2:19 am

  18. They’re so pretty!

    by Sportsgirl on Oct 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

  19. These look great! Would be awesome for Xmas

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Oct 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  20. these look so good..wanted the recipe for these for so long…thanks so much..I wanna make these with blackberry jam..mmm

    by Tanvi on Oct 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  21. They’re so pretty. These with a a jar of homemade jam would be a fabulous gift!

    by Barbara Bakes on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

  22. What a great gift that would be to receive, these yummy thumbprint cookies and your homemade jam! I love thumbprint cookies and yours look so good:)

    by Raina on Oct 31, 2010 at 9:20 am

  23. These look so pretty!

    by faithy on Oct 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

  24. Can you believe I’ve never made thumbprint cookies? It’s true! I’ll have to give them a try this year because I, also, have my share of preserves and jams that I canned over the summer!

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Oct 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  25. These beauties look picture perfect!

    by Eliana on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

  26. I just want to reach in and grab one! These look so stinking good! Now if only I could can and make a jam just as pretty (and tasty I am sure) as yours!

    by Souffle Bombay on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

  27. GORGEOUS cookies!!! I love your idea of making these cookies into a kit and gifting them with a jar of jam for Chrismtas gifts. πŸ™‚

    by Avrilm on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

  28. Tracy….these are GORGEOUS!!! Love the bright red on the pale cookie!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on Nov 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  29. I’ve never had thumbprints! They look fantastic!

    by Ingrid on Nov 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

  30. I love thumbprints. These look so good, I’d gladly gobble up the entire batch πŸ˜‰

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Nov 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. A Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but […]more →