Delicious Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

thumbprint cookies

The holiday season is a time for joy, laughter, and the delightful aroma of freshly baked treats filling our homes. One beloved tradition that brings families and friends together in the spirit of merriment is the art of baking Christmas cookies. Among the vast array of festive delights, Christmas Thumbprint Cookies stand out as both visually appealing and delicious.

These cookies are always part of my Scavenger hunt treat bags as well as on my Holiday Dessert table. They get eaten up very quickly. If you would like more Christmas recipes try these:

1.Snowball Cookies (also known as Italian wedding Cookies)

2. Hot Chocolate Cookies

3, Cranberry Orange Cookies

4.Easy Christmas Nougat (not really a cookie but delicious for the holidays)

5.Cocktail Crisps – a spicy cracker type cookie for the non sweet lover in your family

6.Caramels – a delicious soft chewy caramel, with flaked salt, they’re divine!

Thumbprint cookies, also known as “thumbprint” or “thumbprint jam” cookies, have a rich history rooted in various cultural and culinary traditions. These cookies are believed to have originated in Sweden, where they are known as “Hallongrotta,” meaning “raspberry cave.” The name reflects the characteristic thumbprint indentation filled with fruit preserves or jam. Over time, this delightful treat has found its way into kitchens around the world, especially during the holiday season.

thumbprint cookies

Tips for making Thumbprint cookies:

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

Sweet and buttery jam filled cookies coated in chopped nuts. A great Christmas cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Baking, christmas baking
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 16 cookies


  • ½ cup Butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 lg egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds * I use pecans
  • ¼ cup jam of choice


  • In a medium bowl, or stand mixer, cream butter
  • Once the butter is lighter, gradually add the sugar, mix to combine
  • Add the well beaten egg yolk, vanilla extract and flour, mix together on low
  • Shape the dough into 1" balls and set aside (chill for 15-30 minutes)
  • Dip each ball first into the egg white, then roll in the chopped nuts
  • place on a parchment lined sheet pan (or ungreased cookie sheet) and make an indent in each one with your thumb or a thimble (if you have one).
  • Bake in a 350℉ oven for 5 minutes, remove the tray and dent the cookies again (as they puff up when cooking)
  • Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes until cooked and golden on the bottom edges
  • Fill with jam while still hot


These cookies are tender and delicious.  Fill them with your favorite jam and enjoy!
This recipe easily doubles or triples 
Keyword christmas cookie, cookies, thumbprints

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are not only a delightful addition to your holiday cookie platter but also a wonderful way to create lasting memories with loved ones. The simplicity of the recipe and the versatility of fillings make these cookies a festive favorite for bakers of all skill levels. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let the sweet aroma of Christmas Thumbprint Cookies fill your home with holiday cheer. Happy baking!

How to store:

Allow the thumbprint cookies to cool completely before storage. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to one week at room temperature.

To Freeze:

Freeze for at least a few hours or up to overnight on a tray. Once frozen, transfer the cookies to zip-top bags or another freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to two months and thaw at room temperature.

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