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Cranberry Orange Thumbprints

Simple butter cookies filled with cranberry orange jam and drizzled with a sweet glaze. These Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies just say Christmas for you!

If you are looking for more Christmas cookies, check out my Gingerbread Florentines, Tree Sugar Cookies, or my Simple Christmas Shortbread!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

I love making these Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies because they are insanely good, and they are a really easy thumbprint. Plus, they are great for adding to cookie boxes or gifting as they can sit out for a couple days and still be amazing!

If you’re making cookie boxes, use this recipe for Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies along with these others that pair amazing with them!

Tree Sugar Cookies

Simple Christmas Shortbread

Homemade Vanilla Oreos

Brown Sugar Shortbreads

Gingerbread Florentines


Can I use another jam for this recipe?

I use my homemade Cranberry Orange Jam for this recipe. But you could use any cranberry jam that you like, and it will work just the same! Or you could use any other flavor of jam as well and make a different flavored thumbprint. I have a Raspberry Thumbprint recipe, Blackberry Lemonade Thumbprints, Apricot Thumbprints, Blueberry Ginger Thumbprints and more if you search “thumbprints” in the search.

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Do I have to glaze them?

No, you do not have to add glaze onto the cookies if you don’t want to. If you prefer a less sweet cookie, then you can skip the glaze completely!

How should I store jam thumbprint cookies?

These Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies are a butter cookie, so they are best stored in a cool dry place for up to 3 days. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Thumbprints

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Costco Kirkland Organic Cane Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour

Cranberry Orange Jam

Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar

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Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Cranberry Orange Thumbprints

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



This holiday thumbprint cookie recipe is the perfect addition to any cookie box, or even on the plate for Santa. Make these Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies this holiday season!


  • Dough
  • 1 cup (226 grams) organic salted butter, softened

  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

  • 1 organic large egg

  • 383 grams (3 cups) organic all purpose flour

  • Filling
  • 6 ounces organic Cranberry Orange Preserves

  • Glaze
  • 142 grams (1 cup) organic powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined, then set a timer for 5 minutes and mix until the mixture is light in color and fluffy.
  • Add the egg, and mix until combined. Add the flour, and mix on low until combined into a smooth dough.
  • Using your hands, form the dough into 30 balls and place on the prepared cookie sheets. Press your thumb into the center to create an indent. Fill with the cranberry orange jam. Refrigerate the cookie sheets for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 19 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  • To make the glaze: In medium mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and water. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

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  • Gluten Free – Replace the organic flour with 397 grams (2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon) organic gluten free flour blend.
  • High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.

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