Thumbprint Cookies with 5 fun variations and no chilling required. They are the classic melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies and addictive treats for parties, holidays and just everyday and perfect as gifts too.

Thumbprint Cookies

Along with our Oreo Truffles, they’re perfect for the holidays to serve at a party or give as gifts for a mouthwatering treat! If you want an activity to do with kids, this recipe is easy enough with all the fun of decorating the cookies.

Thumbprint cookies are a soft sugar cookie originally from Sweden where they’re called hallongrotta. You make an impression in the middle with your thumb and fill it with jam or other fillings.

Thumbprint Cookies - the classic shortbread cookies with a variety of decorations including jam, snowman, reindeer, bear paw. Perfect treats and gifts for the holidays.

HOW TO MAKE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

To make thumbprint cookies, start by beating butter, sugar and vanilla together in a mixing bowl. A stand mixer is helpful if you have one, and a hand mixer will do as well.

Then add in the flour, cornstarch and salt to form a dough. Here is a step-by-step process graphic showing how to make thumbprint cookies:

Thumbprint Cookies - this graphic shows the key steps for making thumbprint cookies from scratch

A key distinction is that you fill the cookies before baking for the Jam Thumbprint Cookies, and after baking for all the others variations.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING THUMBPRINT COOKIES

There are several tips and tricks to keep in mind when making thumbprint cookies:

  • Make sure you soften the butter to get a smooth dough that’s less likely to crack
  • If the dough is too dry, dribble in 1-2 tablespoons of milk
  • Make the thumbprint right after making the ball, before the dough starts to stiffen
  • Remove the cookies from the oven before they start to brown in order to have soft cookies

Enjoy and be sure to watch our video tutorial to see how to make them.

WATCH HOW TO MAKE THUMBPRINT COOKIES:

Thumbprint Cookies
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Easy Thumbprint Cookies (with Video)

Easy Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for any occasion and easy to make with a few simple ingredients. Perfect for kids crafts and parties.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 30 servings
Calories 166 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Jam Filling

  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam or other flavor(s)

Holiday Filling

Bear Paw

  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate melted

Snowman

  • 3 oz white chocolate melted
  • 1 tsp colored sprinkles

Reindeer

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla using a mixer if available.

  3. Add flour, cornstarch and vanilla and mix with a wooden spoon until it forms into a smooth mass.

  4. Roll pieces into 1 1/4 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet spaced an inch apart.

  5. Press the tip of your thumb about a 1/2 inch into the middle of each ball to make an imprint.

  6. If you are making jam thumbprint cookies, fill them with jam. Otherwise, leave the cookies unfilled.

  7. Bake 10-12 minutes, removing from the oven before they brown.

  8. Remove the cookies to cooling racks using a rigid spatula and allow to cool.

  9. Once the cookies are cool, decorate any unfilled cookies with fillings of choice. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

-Thumbprint Cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Thumbprint Cookies (with Video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 48mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1. JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

The most well-known thumbprint cookie has jam in the middle. While raspberry jam is the classic filling, you can also use strawberry or apricot jam.

Jam Thumprint Cookies

2. HOLIDAY THUMBPRINT COOKIES 

To make holiday-themed thumbprint cookies, we put melted semisweet chocolate to the middle added holiday sprinkles on top. Chocolate and shortbread is a classic combination!

Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

3. BEAR PAW THUMBPRINT COOKIES

For fun kids-themed thumbprint cookies, try making them look like a bear paw using melted semisweet chocolate:

bear paw Thumbprint Cookies

4. SNOWMAN THUMBPRINT COOKIES

For a wintry theme, fill the thumbprint cookies with melted white chocolate and use sprinkles to make a snowman face on top.

Snowman Thumbprint Cookies

5. REINDEER THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Probably the cutest of all are these reindeer thumbprint cookies made with melted semisweet chocolate, candy eyeballs, red decorating balls and pretzels andborrowing a reindeer theme from our Easy Oreo Truffles recipe.

Reindeer Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint Cookies with 5 fun variations and no chilling required. They are the classic melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies and addictive treats for parties, holidays and just everyday and perfect as gifts too. Jam Thumbprint Cookies, Reindeer Thumbprint Cookies, Snowman Thumbprint Cookis, Polar Bear Paw Thumbprint Cookies, and Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies with 5 fun variations and no chilling required. They are the classic melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies and addictive treats for parties, holidays and just everyday and perfect as gifts too. Jam Thumbprint Cookies, Reindeer Thumbprint Cookies, Snowman Thumbprint Cookis, Polar Bear Paw Thumbprint Cookies, and Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

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