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


  • 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 ¼ 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 ½ 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 ¼ 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.

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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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I have always loved thumbprint cookies and Abby’s 4 ingredients makes them simple perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ They look delicious, I have a feeling Santa will approve.

  2. your homemade jams have beautiful color. i love the look of your pics. would love to have them with some tea right now!

  3. Made three batches of these to take to a get together at our opening of Christmas Tree Lane tonight. They were a huge hit.

  4. it’s absolutely amazing and so exciting when four ingredients combine so easily to make something so fantastic. the end.

  5. These are precious and a definite for my holiday baking list now!

    So glad you joined in on Mingle Monday!

  6. Thumbprints are my go to cookie when I need something easy. I love all the bright colors in yours with the different jams. Beautiful!

  7. I love that this is only four ingredients. I need to get this cookbook. I made the nutella brownies a while back and everyone loves them.

  8. These are adorable little cookies. I really need to get my hands on Abby’s cookbook. Maybe Santa will be kind.

  9. Have I told you lately how beautiful your blog is?! Every photo is perfection. And these thumbprint cookies look awesome. My kids would love to help me make them!

  10. I like thumbprint cookies because of the tie back to my mom and making them with her. I created a “Persimmon Thumbprint Cookie” this year, which is a basic persimmon cookie (hold the nuts and raisins) and in the center, instead of jam, I put custard with fresh ground nutmeg. The combination of persimmon, which is a winter fruit, and nutmeg (like eggnog) is a great December cookie.

  11. Those are so cute! Y’all have the prettiest pictures! I love that there are only 4 ingredients, that’s wonderful!!!

  12. These are exactly what I was looking for for my Lemon Curd for the lemon lovers in my family. Baked them today. Came out yummmmy! Thank You ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. These seem to be missing a crucial ingredient… egg. Made them as written and they were a total disaster. Made them again and added egg and didn’t have the crumbly and falling apart problems I had previously.

  14. I made these and had awful results. I followed the recipe above to a T and they flatened out, becoming crispy and hard. Ew. Still on the hunt for a good thumb prInt cookie.

  15. Agree with the last two comments, I followed this recipe exactly and they turned our awful! Flattened out and didn’t stick together. I was planning on bringing these to a party and had to start over from square one with a different recipe.

    1. Sorry you didn’t like the recipe. I can’t adapt or change it because it was a recipe I featured from a cookbook. They worked for me. Sorry!!

  16. This recipe looks great, but do you have the measurements to make bigger batches? and can you substitute the jam with a hershey kiss? thanks so much

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