Classic Thumbprint Cookies
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My favorite cookie for the holidays.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yields: Varies
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups flour (For whatever reason, depending on where I’m baking, sometimes the dough works with 1-1/2 cups, other times I need that extra ¼ cup. Use your judgement – dough should be pliant and non-sticky)
  • Jam of choice
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a spoon or electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add egg and mix well.
  4. Gradually stir in 1-1/2 cups flour. (Consistency of dough should be almost like Play-Doh — if it’s still sticky to the touch, try chilling your dough for 30-60 minutes, or, if you don’t want to that long you can add up to ¼ cup extra flour.)
  5. Using your hands, roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place rolled dough onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Using your thumb (or index finger), press gently into the center of each ball to create a dent.
  7. Fill dents with jam.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until jam is bubbly and the edges of the cookies are slightly golden brown.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen at