Jam Thumbprint Butter Cookies

Updated on February 17, 2018
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Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Fun to Make

And fun to eat! This is an adaptation of my basic cookie recipe, and these little cookies are a twist on the basic mix because they're filed with sweet jam, perfect for teatime, or just when you feel the need for a sweet treat—just pop a cookie into your mouth.

When I was little, my mom made these all the time. They were a perfect after-school treat or Christmas-time delight, so it's only fair that I continue this quick and easy recipe.

My four-year-old son absolutely loves helping me bake, so of course the idea of thumbprint cookies is always enticing to him! What better way to 'help' than by sticking your thumb into the cookies... its almost like Play-doh!

This cookie mixture only uses five ingredients, and no eggs, so they are totally safe to eat while making... which happened a lot! I wondered what was happening to all my delicious dough, until I saw a chuckling boy with his cheeks full of cookie dough!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes about 30 cookies


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 250g butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • jam (I used cherry jam - my favorite jam is Bonne Maman, its thick and perfect for cookies)


Feel free to variate them with:

  • nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)
  • different flavored jam preserve
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate drizzles/chocolate chips
  • cocoa
  • coconut

Adding cherry jam


  1. Mix all ingredients together except jam.
  2. Roll out little balls and make a thumbprint in each one.
  3. Fill the thumbprints with jam.
  4. Bake on 350F/180C degrees for about 10 minutes.
  5. Cool and serve.

Cookie Dough

Dough should be firm yet neither hard nor sticky
Dough should be firm yet neither hard nor sticky

Baking the cookies

clearly this was not a professional job
clearly this was not a professional job

The Result

The cookies were delicious, soft, crumbly dough and melt-in-your-mouth, especially the sweet cherry jam center. A major (cookie dough covered) thumbs up! Yum! A must-try recipe.

Baked Jam Thumbprint Cookies

© 2018 From The Heart


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