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The Best Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

I’m sharing the best Jam Thumbprint Cookie recipe to make any kind of jam thumbprints you like! Strawberry, apricot, blueberry, and more. This post shares a simple base recipe that you can fill with any flavor of jam you like!

If you’re looking for more cookie recipes try my Earl Grey Sandwich Cookies, No Chill Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Brown Butter Sage Biscotti.

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy Base Recipe: This recipe for simple thumbprint cookies is an easy base recipe that you can use for any flavor of jam thumbprint cookies. You can add in any flavor of jam you like making this recipe super adaptable! 

Adaptable: These simple thumbprint cookies can be made gluten free with just one simple adjustment. They can also be made at high altitude or at sea level. These thumbprint cookies with glaze are a perfect cookie recipe to have in your recipe box for when you’re craving buttery, soft jam thumbprint cookies. 

Buttery & Sweet: This is the absolute best Jam Thumbprint Cookie recipe ever. I’ve tested this with raspberry jam, apricot, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, cranberry and more. These thumbprint cookies with glaze are buttery and sweet thanks the the addition of the glaze. I think glaze is a must on these simple thumbprint cookies! 

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

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!)

Organic Jam or Preserves (any flavor)

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

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)

Mixing Bowl

Whisk

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best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Step 1

Line 2 baking 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.

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

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 jam.

Step 4

Refrigerate the cookie sheets for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Step 5

Bake for 19 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bot­tom. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets. (If you’re baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

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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Filling Ideas for Simple Thumbprint Cookies

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Tips for Simple Thumbprint Cookies

  • Make sure your butter is soft. I prefer to let butter soften out on the counter as it softens the best! 
  • Use a good quality apricot jam. If you're not making your own, then make sure you get a good one. This is where a lot of the flavor will come from!
  • Make sure to refrigerate your cookie sheets. This helps the cookies hold their shape once baked. Thumbprints are a dense little cookie, so this is why refrigerating is an important step.
  • Thumbprint cookies are a dense and buttery cookie. So these should not be stored in an airtight container or they may get soggy. Make sure to store them in a cool dry place.
best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

FAQ’s

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, thumbprints are a great cookie to bake ahead if you need to. Bake them the day before and just allow them to sit on the baking sheet overnight. This will allow the glaze to harden. Since these are butter cookies, they should also be stored in a cool dry place. 

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes, there’s a simple adjustment gluten free in the Notes at the bottom of the recipe. I even link the flour I used to test this with.

Can I leave the glaze off?

Yes, if you prefer, you can leave the glaze off. I believe thumbprint cookies with glaze is the only way to eat them, but that’s just me! 

How do you store jam thumbprint cookies?

Thumbprint cookies are a butter cookie, so they need to be stored in a cool dry place. I prefer to just leave them out on a platter on the counter for a few days while we eat them. 

best jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Why Choose Organic Ingredients?

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. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Additionally, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! I linked all the exact ingredients I used when making this recipe in the Ingredients section. 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 on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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The Best Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Mimi Council
This is the best Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe! Thesesimple thumbprint cookies can be made with any jam flavor filling you like. Havefun creating your own flavors of these thumbprint cookies with glaze!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 30 cookies
Calories 159 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Filling

  • 170 grams preserves or jam

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Line 2 baking 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 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.

Video

YouTube video

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 bottom.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 197IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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