Holiday Thumbprint Cookies with 5 variations including Jam, Bear Paw, Snowman, Reindeer
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Easy Thumbprint Cookies (with Video)

Thumbprint Cookies are a holiday classic that's perfect for parties and as gifts. We've created 5 mouthwatering variations including Traditional, Bear Paw, Snowman and Reindeer designs for a stunning presentation! They're easy to make with no chilling required. Plus video tutorial!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: cookies, holidays, thumbprint
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 166kcal
Author: TipBuzz


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

Jam Filling

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

Holiday Filling

Bear Paw


  • 3 oz white chocolate melted
  • 1 tsp colored sprinkles



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla using a mixer if available.
  • Add flour and cornstarch and mix with a wooden spoon until it forms into a smooth mass.
  • Roll pieces into 1 1/4 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet spaced an inch apart.
  • Press the tip of your thumb about a 1/2 inch into the middle of each ball to make an imprint.
  • If you are making jam thumbprint cookies, fill them with jam. Otherwise, leave the cookies unfilled.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes, removing from the oven before they brown.
  • Remove the cookies to cooling racks using a rigid spatula and allow to cool.
  • Once the cookies are cool, decorate any unfilled cookies with fillings of choice. Serve and enjoy!



  • If you don't have cornstarch, you can use 2 cups + 3 tbsp of cake & pastry flour instead of the all-purpose flour and cornstarch.
  • Thumbprint Cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.7mg