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

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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

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