Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a holiday tradition for our family. They are so pretty filled with different jams.
These drop cookies are my husband’s favorite cookies for Christmas. For a festive look, drizzle melted white chocolate over the cooled cookie. I have not found a jam that I do not like in them.
I made these kid friendly cookies with my granddaughter when she was just 18 months old. She would sit on the kitchen counter and as I rolled the dough into balls she would stick her little thumb in the center. Now that she is 5, she measures the ingredients out (with supervision of course) rolls the balls, AND puts the jam in indentation. This easy cookie recipe has become a yearly tradition that her and I share.
Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
½ cup butter, unsalted and softened
1 cup cane sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup favorite jam
1 cup vanilla baking chips, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.
- Add in egg, cream and vanilla, mixing well.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and sea salt.
- Add to cream mixture and mix well.
- Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls and place two inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Using your thumb or handle of a wooden spoon, gently create an indentation in the center of each cookie.
- Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of jam into each indentation.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.
- In a double boiler over medium-low heat, stir chips until melted.
- Spoon melted chips into a small resealable food-storage bag, cut a small hole in corner of bag. Gently squeeze bag to drizzle melted chips over cookies.
–>Try different flavors of jams: apricot, blackberry, blueberry, etc.
–>Do not use jelly in these cookies as it leaks all over the cookie.
I hope these Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies become a favorite family tradition for you. Did you like this recipe? You might also enjoy Mom’s Soft Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies.
From my kitchen to yours,