Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies combine a simple shortbread dough with preserves and a drizzle of icing. These small bite-sized treats are uncomplicated and impressive all at the same time!

It’s party season and we’re got all the delicious things on our holiday platters. We love including the Best Cut Out Sugar CookiesSoft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies, these Brownie Crinkle Cookies, and some Easy Homemade Toffee!

Closeup on some glazed shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookies with Jam

There can never be too many types of cookies at the cookie swaps, am I right? It’s so fun seeing what others like to bake at holiday time, from simple snickerdoodle cookies to more involved cut-out cookies. No matter what, I especially love trying new recipes, and I hope that you are planning out your cookie trays!

These shortbread cookies are soft and buttery, and filled with just a small bit of jam. Little gems that are the perfect dessert when you want something sweet after dinner or with an afternoon cup of coffee. But you might not want to stop at one!

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Freaky Friday Blog Hop

Why is today so special you ask? Well, that is because today is Freaky Friday, hosted by Michaela at An Affair from the Heart!  No, not the movie where the mom and daughter switch places, but a good old fashioned blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies!

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday, and that is today! See below for ALL the fun Freaky Friday recipes created by my blog hop friends!

House of Nash Eats

Gosh, I was thrilled to get assigned to Amy’s blog from the House of Nash Eats. She’s the most creative food blogger that I know, and her world-wide travel has inspired her diverse collection of recipes. She definitely knows FOOD!

I’ve especially loved following her American Eats series, where she shares recipes from all over the United States. From her Scotcheroos from Iowa (my home state!) to her Fried Green Tomatoes from Georgia to her Smoked Salmon Chowder from Alaska, she can make anything and comes up with the most mouth-watering recipes. I want to try them all!

Not only do I admire Amy as a food blogger, but I admire her as a person. I’m lucky to be part of a Mastermind group with her and several other amazing ladies. Amy is kind and extremely generous, and she’s shared so much valuable information about the world of food blogging with me. I’m lucky to call this ambitious lady a friend!

Amy has tons of excellent cookie recipes on her blog, but I chose this one because it’s classic and simple, and it’s what we need this time of year between all the hustle and bustle. I’m also eyeing her Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms and her Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti! There is no such thing as too many cookies during the holiday season!

Side view of glazed shortbread cookies with jam.

Ingredient Notes

  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter work just fine here. I added a little extra salt in my recipe because I only buy unsalted butter.
  • Cornstarch – Some cornstarch helps to keep the dough extra soft.
  • Preserves – I used both raspberry and apricot jam for these cookies. But you could use any type of jam you prefer.

Baking Tips

  • Measure ingredients properly. Make sure you use the spoon-and-level method when measuring flour, or weigh on a digital scale. “Scooping” flour will often result in too much flour in your baked goods, which causes them to be dry. I’ve recently started weighing the ingredients (the flour, especially), and it’s worth the time.
  • Sift the powdered sugar. Powdered sugar often clumps up, so sifting it will make for a smoother icing.

How to make Jam Shortbread Cookies

Step 1
Combine the wet ingredients. Use a large standing mixer, and combine softened butter and sugar. Start mixer and cream together for a couple of minutes, or until nice and creamy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix again.

Step 2
Add the dry ingredients. Next, add the salt, cornstarch, and flour, and mix again. The dough will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. You may even want to use your hands in the end to form the dough into a ball.

Step 3
Form cookie balls. Use a tablespoon to measure out the dough, and roll into small, smooth balls. Add them to a baking sheet, spreading them out two inches apart.

Step 4
Add thumbprints. Use your thumb to press indentions in the cookie balls for the filling. If the dough cracks on the edges, you can smooth them out with your fingers.

Step 5
Add jam. Add about a teaspoon of preserves to the thumbprint cookies. You can use any kind of jam you prefer.

Step 6
Bake. Bake the cookies for about 10-11 minutes at 350 degrees, or until they brown slightly on the edges. Let them sit for five minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Step 7
Make icing. Sift a cup of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Then add vanilla and heavy cream (or milk) to the bowl. Stir to combine. Add the icing to a small bag for drizzling.

Adjust the consistency of the icing as needed. If it’s too thin, add a little extra powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a few extra drops of cream.

The icing ingredients - powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream.

Step 8
Drizzle icing on cookies. When cookies are cool, drizzle some icing on the cookies. Use any design you like!

Overhead shot of 20 glazed shortbread cookies.

Recipe Tips

  • Use a gentle thumb press. When forming the cookies, Press your thumb into each cookie gently. You don’t want to press all the way through them. If they crack a little, just use your fingers to gently press the dough together.
  • Don’t over-bake. These cookies take around ten minutes in the oven. You don’t want them getting too brown on top.
  • Adjust icing. If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a few extra drops of heavy cream (add slowly).
  • Storing. Store these on your counter in airtight containers. I recommend not stacking them to keep that little drizzle of icing looking perfect.
  • Freezing. You can freeze these cookies in an airtight container for up to three months. I recommend waiting to ice them, however.

No chill! While most of my cookies require some chill time to help them from spreading too much, these do not need it. Bonus!

A plate of jam thumbprint cookies with drizzle.

Take a look at all of our 2021 Freaky Friday Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes:

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Candy Cane Puppy Chow
  2. The Carefree Kitchen – Christmas Linzer Cookies
  3. Devour Dinner – Peppermint Meltaways
  4. Family Around the Table – Chocolate Overload Cookies
  5. The Foodie Affair – Easy Pecan Pie Crust Cookie Recipe
  6. Fresh April Flours – Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. The Fresh Cooky – White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
  8. Hostess at Heart – Crumbl Cookie Recipe
  9. House of Nash Eats – Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  11. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam
  12. Lemon Blossoms – Cranberry Orange Biscotti
  13. Life Currents – Chocolate Mint Rugelach
  14. Life, Love & Good Food – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  15. Soulfully Made – Polar Bear Paw Cookies
  16. The Speckled Palate – Saltine Cracker Toffee
  17. Sue Bee Homemaker – Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  18. Take Two Tapas – Sugar Cookie Truffles

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xoxo ~Sue

Closeup of jam thumbprint cookies on white parchment paper.

Jam Shortbread Cookies

Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies combine a simple shortbread dough with preserves and a drizzle of icing. These small bite-sized treats are uncomplicated and impressive all at the same time!
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter – softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (or 270 grams) – carefully measured
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup jam or preserves – I used raspberry and apricot

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar – sifted
  • 1-2 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk – enough for a nice consistency
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Combine the wet ingredients. Use a large standing mixer, and combine softened butter and sugar. Start mixer and cream together for a couple of minutes, or until nice and creamy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix again.
  • Add the dry ingredients. Next, add the salt, cornstarch, and flour, and mix again. The dough will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. You may even want to use your hands in the end to form the dough into a ball.
  • Form cookie balls. Use a tablespoon to measure out the dough, and roll into small, smooth balls. Add them to a baking sheet, spreading them out two inches apart.
  • Add thumbprints. Use your thumb to press indentions in the cookie balls for the filling. If the dough cracks on the edges, you can smooth them out with your fingers.
  • Add jam. Add about a teaspoon of preserves to the thumbprint cookies. You can any kind of jam you prefer.
  • Bake. Bake the cookies for about 10-11 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven, or until they brown slightly on the edges. Let them sit for five minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Make icing. Sift a cup of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Then add vanilla and heavy cream (or milk) to the bowl. Stir to combine. Add the icing to a small bag for drizzling.
  • Drizzle icing on cookies. When cookies are cool, drizzle some icing on the cookies.

Notes

  • Storing. Store these on your counter in airtight containers. I recommend not stacking them to keep that little drizzle of icing looking perfect.
  • Freezing. You can freeze these cookies in an airtight container for up to three months. I recommend waiting to ice them, however.
 
Recipe from the House of Nash Eats.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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24 Comments

  1. Your recipes are beautiful Sue and I can’t wait to share these with friends. They are so soft and delicious. Happy Holidays!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! Happy Holidays to you as well!

  2. I’m so glad you made these ones, Sue! They are definitely a favorite here and you really did them justice. You are the best!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Awww, thanks Amy! YOU are the best! 🙂

  3. I love a thumbprint cookie because there are endless possibilities for the fillings!! I love a tart jam!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      They are good with so many different flavors of jam!

      1. Where's the temp? says:

        My dude what temperature do i put these on at please, it’s not stated anywhere 😭 how’d anyone make these 😭😭😭

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Sorry about that. Bake at 350 degrees. I just updated the recipe.

  4. What perfect little thumbprint cookies! I can see these flying off cookie trays this season. YUM!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      They are pretty, aren’t they! 🙂

  5. Jill Baird says:

    These thumbprint cookies are ca-uuute!! I love the little drizzle of icing on top! They are so adorable. What a great recipe!

  6. Kathleen Pope says:

    Love that these have the shortbread base and you made them so easy to make! Love your visual step-by-step and I KNOW they were be great if they came from Amy! Beautiful!

  7. Oh my goodness, these are my jam! 😉 I have all the ingredients to make these cookies and I can’t wait to try another delicious recipe of yours! These are going to be such a hit especially since they are made with a shortbread base. Thank you so much!

  8. These thumbprints are perfect. I love the extra detail on some with the icing. Using more than one jam flavor gives people choices too. A nice touch.

  9. Those look so cute! Always a classic!

  10. What a beautiful classic cookie. I just loved how soft the dough looks and love that you can use the jam you like. These cookies will make great gifts and will make beautiful cookie platters.

  11. Yay! Thumbprints are just so festive, aren’t they?! These look almost too pretty to eat, but I couldn’t let that stop me — yum!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I know, right? Pretty AND delicious! Thanks Sheila!

  12. I love thumbprint cookies and really appreciate the tips like be gentle with the thumbprint. Great addition to the FF blog hop!

  13. These are always a classic. I love having them on a cookie plate. Nice work!

  14. Too funny! I made thumbprints too! One of my favorite cookies! I love the sound of these and boy are they perfect for any holiday cookie tray.

  15. Michaela Kenkel says:

    Thumbprints are just a holiday cookie tray staple, aren’t they?? These are so pretty! Thank you for being a part of our group, Sue! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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