Jam thumbprint cookies are a classic Christmas cookie. A soft, shortbread cookie is filled with homemade jam to make these festive holiday cookies.
What ingredients are in thumbprint cookies?
- flour, baking powder, salt
- butter, sugar, egg, vanilla
How do you make thumbprint cookies?
- Gently whisk together the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Continue to mix with the electric mixer.
- Fold the wet and dry ingredients together. Mix until just barely combined.
- Scoop out balls of dough, roll them in sugar and place then on a parchment lined baking tray. Make a well in the middle of the cookie by pressing with your thumb. Fill the middle with jam then bake.
Do you fill thumbprint cookies with jam before or after baking?
Recipes suggest both methods– filling the cookies with jam before baking or after baking. I prefer to fill them with jam before baking so that the jam bubbles up and then settles firmly in the cookie. If you fill the cookies with preserves after baking, the jam filling will not be set and may jiggle around or pour out if the cookies aren’t kept flat.
Jam thumbprint cookies are a simple cookie that can change with the seasons. Add red strawberry preserves to make this a holiday cookie or use lemon curd to make this perfect for welcoming spring. In the fall a filling could be pumpkin butter and in the summer a fresh puree of berries.
Chocolate thumbprint cookies are made with this same thumbprint technique then filled with caramel– yum!
Creative Cookie Exchange– a virtual baking group
Seasonal baking is the theme this month with the #CreativeCookieExchange, and as spring has arrived, with it comes favorite flavors and foods ideal for baking. I’ve noticed beautiful strawberries in the produce section in recent weeks.
Yes, of course, you can find berries nearly all year long at the grocery store but not all strawberries are created equal. December strawberries often don’t compare in quality to spring and summer berries. I made a quick jam with strawberries, although you could add any type of berry to your jam– blueberries and raspberries would work nicely too. The freshly made jam then joined these buttery thumbprint cookies for a tasty bite.
Optional: make your own jam:
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 140 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 59mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Protein: 2g
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