Quick and easy jam-filled thumbprint cookies recipe for the upcoming holidays.
Thumbprint cookies have always been a favorite of mine. When I was younger, my mom and I would spend hours on end baking tasty cookies for the holiday season. I loved it. Baking has always been a fun escape for me, and when I moved out on my own, I started baking up a storm! I was bringing cookies into work constantly and I was always trying new recipes, though that did become quite the expensive (not to mention, sugary) habit.
While I’ve taken a bit of a break from baking for aforementioned reasons, I do still love it. And I love thumbprint cookies. Always have, always will. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they’re sugar-coated? Or perhaps that these ones are filled with jam and there’s little more I love than a fine, tasty jam.
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup jam, or preserves
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat together butter & 1/2 cup sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well. Whisk together flour and salt, and add to mixture, beating on low until combined.
3. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Dip in egg white, then in other 1/2 cup of sugar.
4. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheet. Make a deep indentation in the center of each ball with your finger or bottom of a thick wooden spoon.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and press down the centers again. Fill the center of each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of jam. Rotate sheets, and bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes more.
6. Remove from oven, and place on a wire rack to cool.
*Recipe via Martha Stewart, slightly altered by Gabriella
Now, remember when I said I love jam? Well, I love it so very much that I made this batch with 3 different jams. Yes, that’s right. I used:
I like to add variety when I can, and this one lends itself quite well to a variety of jams. Simply break up your batch into a few different sections and add as much jam as you’d like! Super easy.
What’s your favorite holiday treat? Do you have a go-to cookie or cake recipe? Or something completely different? Share your favorite treat below!