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Jam Thumbprints Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Jam Thumbprints

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"Delicious and attractive little cookies, with a thumb indentation filled with preserves. Fill with different colored preserves for an interesting presentation."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla, and salt. Gradually mix in flour.
  3. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls. Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in finely chopped walnuts. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, fill centers of cookies with strawberry preserves.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2005

These were pretty good, better if you make sure you slightly underbake them. I did one batch with putting the jelly on AFTER baking them and a second batch putting the jelly on halfway through baking. I preferred the batch in which I added jelly halfway through baking because it stays in place better and it looks nicer, more smooth. I used apple jelly and colored half green, half red for Christmas. The dough was very easy and nice to work with! Make sure you put a DEEP imprint in the cookie for the jelly. The first batch I put a regular thumbprint in the cookies and when they baked, you could hardly see it anymore and there wasn't much of a well anymore for the jelly.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 06, 2012

I was not so crazy about these. I thot the jam would thicken up like the store bought kind, mine did not.

Dec 12, 2003

I love these cookies and they look very pretty too if you are bringing dessert to a party or a friend's house. I like them better without the nuts, so I suggest leaving them out. The recipe also tends to be really small (while the recipe indicates that it makes 2 1/2 dozen, I didn't even get a full dozen out of it. I would suggest doubling the ingredients for a fuller batch. Overall easy to make and yummy!

Dec 02, 2003

These were great additions to my other Christmas cookies. I left some without the nuts and I used mint jelly instead for a festive look! Everybody loved them!

Dec 12, 2003

This recipe is the perfect size for two people. I added a dash of cinnamon and it was wonderful. I used a pastry bag with the jelly for faster/easier filling.

Dec 18, 2002

Well, I made a few changes on this recipe due to ingredient limitations. I used butter flavored shortening instead of butter. I doubled the recipe. Used half as many whole eggs instead of separated, since I didn't do the nut thing. I added a pinch of cream of tartar, and a pinch of baking soda because I couldn't find the baking powder, andI wanted teh cookies to puff up. I added about 1/2 cup more sugar because I was afraid they wouldn't be very sweet, and rolled the balls a bit bigger. I filled half of them with apricot preserves, and the other half with raspberry. I never even looked at the baking time and temps, but I baked them at 325 convection for 12 minutes. Everyone loved them, and I plan to make them again soon!

Dec 29, 2003

These cookies are buttery and delicious! I tripled the recipe, and everything turned out fine. When doubling or tripling the recipe, you should be able to save some of the egg whites for another use. I increased the sugar to 1/2 cup. I also omitted the salt, and the cookies tasted fine. To make dough easier to handle, try chilling it for about an hour or more before shaping it into balls. Very impressive-looking cookies!

Dec 08, 2004

These cookies are great tasting! My husband likes when I use a variety blackberry jam, orange marmalade, and peach preserves. My kids like them, but not as well as gingerbread men or chocolate chip cookies. Love how it has a delicate shortbread taste texture.


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  • Calories
  • 126 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 90 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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