Cranberry Orange Thumbprints


Christmas High Altitude | Published December 3, 2022 by Mimi Council

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Simple butter cookies filled with cranberry orange jam and drizzled with a sweet glaze. These Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies use seasonal cranberries and just feel like Christmas!

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

Buttery & Sweet: These Cranberry Orange Thumbprints are buttery and sweet! These are filled with fresh raspberry orange jam and a drizzle of glaze for a buttery, sweet, and slightly tart cookie that everyone will love!

Seasonal: This holiday thumbprint cookie recipe uses fresh cranberries that are seasonal fruit that you can only get around the holidays!

Festive: These Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies are festive without being overly festive. That's why I love this holiday thumbprint cookie recipe, they taste like the holidays and look like the holidays, but they're so easy!

If you’re making cookie boxes, try this holiday thumbprint cookie recipe along with some of my other favorite holiday cookies that pair amazing with them!

Tree Sugar Cookies

Simple Christmas Shortbread

Homemade Vanilla Oreos

Brown Sugar Shortbreads

Gingerbread Florentines

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Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Thumbprints

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Wholesome Sweeteners Powdered Sugar

Cranberry Orange JamWholesome Organic Powdered Sugar

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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cranberry orange thumbprint cookies

How to Make Cranberry Orange Thumbprint Cookies

Step 1

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 5

Bake for 19 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.

Step 6

To make the glaze: In medium mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and water. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies.

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FAQ's

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.

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.

cranberry orange thumbprint cookies

Cranberry Orange Thumbprints

Mimi Council
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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 30 cookies
Calories 159 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Filling

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • 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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Notes

Gluten Free — Replace the organic flour with 397 grams (2 ½ cups plus 1 tablespoon) gluten free flour blend.
High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 196IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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