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Jammin’ Sugar Cookie Thumbprints

Jammin’ Sugar Cookie Thumbprints

Jam thumbprints are a popular holiday cookie. I always bake at least one batch during December. The other day I was browsing through Abby Dodge’s Dessert 4 Today cookbook and found a recipe for Jammin’ Sugar Cookie Thumbprints. I turned on my favorite Christmas tunes and started “jammin’.” I couldn’t wait to make these cute little jam thumbprints cookies.

The best part about these cookies-there are only four ingredients. Every recipe in Dessert 4 Today only has four ingredients. Pretty amazing, right? I am in love with this book. There are so many delicious dessert recipes that don’t require a lot of fuss, but are still impressive.

The only ingredients you need for the jam thumbprints are: sugar, butter, flour, and jam. You don’t even have to make a trip to the store to bake these adorable cookies. The cookies are buttery, crisp, and filled with sweet jam. I used homemade peach, apricot, and strawberry jam. I had quite the assortment of thumbprints going on. I tasted one of each, just to make sure they were ok:) I loved them all!

If you are looking for a simple, no fuss holiday cookie to share with your loved ones make jammin’ sugar cookie thumbprints. I think I will even leave a plate of jam thumbprints for Santa. I know he will love them and hopefully leave me a new camera lens or iPad…ha!

Jammin' Sugar Cookie Thumbprints

Yield: 10 cookies

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes


1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup jam (your favorite flavor)


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with a nonstick liner. Put the 3 tablespoons sugar in a small ramekin and set aside.

2. Put the butter and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and blended, about 1 minute. Add the flour. Beat on medium-low speed until just blended, about 1 minute.

3. Using your hands, press and roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the reserved sugar and arrange on the prepared cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Using a finger, press down into the middle of each mound to make a well that's almost down to the bottom. (If the edges crack too much, reroll the dough and try again.)

4. Bake until the tops look dry, 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Just before serving, use a small spoon to drop about 1/4 teaspoon of the jam into the indentation.

If you want to mix things up, in place of the jam, you can use: fruit curd, peanut butter, Nutella, or dulce de leche.

Recipe from Desserts 4 Today by Abby Dodge

If you like these jam thumbprint cookies, you might also like:

Lemon & Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies from Cookin’ Canuck
Jam Thumbprint Cookies from Picky Cook
Chocolate Thumbprints from Brown Eyed Baker

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75 Responses to “Jammin’ Sugar Cookie Thumbprints”

  1. Dinetonite — December 3, 2010 @ 3:57 am

    nice recipe, i wanna try this weekend

  2. Erica — December 3, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    I just book marked this! I’m making cookies for my Mom for a Christmas party shes having and these will be PERFECT! I can’t believe there are only 4 ingredients!

  3. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 3, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    My dad was just asking me to bake him some of these last night! Such a classic standby for us that we stil love. Yours look perfect!!!!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — December 3, 2010 @ 4:39 am

    SO cute! Me and my grandma always made thumbprints together. Love them!

  5. the blissful baker — December 3, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    your thumbprints look great! i actually made thumbprints earlier this week to start off holiday baking season :)

  6. Katrina — December 3, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    Haha love the title! These cookies look super tasty!

  7. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — December 3, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    I plan to ‘jam’ to some holiday baking this weekend too! These cookies look wonderful, I love the idea of using a sugar cookie as a base for thumbprints. And I agree – they are definitely a December staple!

  8. marla {family fresh cooking} — December 3, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    Such a great cookie recipe & very pretty pictures too :)

  9. Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 3, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    We love thumbprint cookies in our house :) I love that there’s only four ingredients!

  10. Amanda — December 3, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Super delish looking! Great recipe!

  11. Jenny Flake — December 3, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Cute Cute Cute! Love everything about these cookies!

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 3, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    PW is right…you ARE the cookie queen!

    • twopeas replied: — December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:02 am

      I do love my cookies:)

  13. Shaina — December 3, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    I love jam thumbprints. So much fun!

  14. Lael Hazan @educatedpalate — December 3, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    My girls and I love to make thumbprint cookies! Your photos are lovely. Ours turn out a bit more lopsided and are usually covered with lots of sprinkles.

  15. Sarah — December 3, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    These look delicious! I love that they only have four ingredients.

  16. Kelley — December 3, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Love these!

  17. Krystle Thorn — December 3, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    Just 4 ingredients, count me in! They look delicious and buttery!

  18. Bakingdom — December 3, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Oh yum!! These look wonderful…and your pics are so beautiful! The jams you used look so cheery!

  19. Annalise — December 3, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    I’m almost more impressed by your assortment of homemade jams than I am by these thumbprint cookies! Almost. These are adorable!

  20. I’ve never made thumbprint cookies, but these are too adorable to pass up! Love your colorful, flavorful jams too. I’ve got to try these for the holidays! Thanks, Maria!

  21. Karly — December 3, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    Love these little cookies. I make a similar recipe and fill ’em with raspberry jam. So tasty!

  22. Joanne — December 3, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    I have a jar of orange marmalade in my cabinet that needs using up! These sound perfect!

  23. Victor @ Random Cuisine — December 3, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    Wow, I’m amazed that it only requires 4 ingredients. So easy to make! I’m sure going to try it out!

  24. Kristen — December 3, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    I totally love that cookbook, don’t you?

  25. Jennifer (Savor) — December 3, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    I must know what you and Josh do with all the baked goods you make.

    • twopeas replied: — December 3rd, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

      We share with all of our neighbors and friends:) I also freeze cookie dough balls or make half batches:)

  26. Tracy — December 3, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    I love Abby’s book. These look wonderful!

  27. Kate — December 3, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Yum! These look awesome…plus anything with only 4 ingredients is a culinary win in my book.

  28. Natalia - a side of simple — December 3, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    Thumbprint cookies always give me nostalgia for home and Christmas. They’re always top on my mom’s Christmas cookie list!

  29. Blond Duck — December 3, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    So cute and colorful!

  30. pickycook — December 3, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    i LOVE thumbprints – totally remind me of christmas. beautiful colors of jam you chose for yours. thanks for the link love :)

  31. Karly — December 3, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    Alright, I couldn’t resist. I just made these and then filled them with chocolate ganache. Looooove. I ate three. Now I should probably go eat dinner so that I can have a few more for dessert. :)

  32. Deborah — December 3, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    I am so intrigued by this cookbook and have got to get a copy of it!

  33. Bridgett — December 3, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    These bring me back to childhood! I bet they were hard to resist.

  34. Sues — December 3, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Ooh! I love sugar cookies, but I bet they’re sooo much better with jam involved :)

  35. Kerstin — December 3, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    What cute little cookies! So perfect for the holidays and I love that they only have 4 ingredients.

  36. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 3, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    I’ve never made these, but I am so making them tomorrow! I don’t even have to go to the store, perfect!

  37. Pam @ Kitchen Cookware — December 4, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    I love these perfect bite size and yummy looking colorful cookies!

  38. dropfood — December 4, 2010 @ 4:12 am

    Your recipe was posted.

  39. Roz — December 4, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Hello, I found your blog via a link from Kitchen Adventures. Just wanted to stop by and say thank for posting so many great looking recipes. I can’t wait to try some!! Have a great weekend.

  40. zerrin — December 4, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    These are amazing! I love their color, so cute!

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