Learn how to make easy thumbprint cookies with just 4 ingredients – sugar, flour, butter, and jam or jelly. Perfect for snacks!
What Are Thumbprint Cookies?
These are called thumbprint cookies because you literally use your thumb to create a little divot where you can place some jam or jelly. They are a lot of fun for kids to make and they make fantastic last-minute cookies too!
Thumbprint Cookies Video
Here’s a video showing you all of the steps. Watch this with your kids and make the cookies along with me.
What’s In Thumbprint Cookies
There are just 4 simple ingredients in these cookies. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Here’s what you need from the store:
- White Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour
- Jam, Jelly, or Marmalade
The Perfect Cookies For Beginning Bakers
If you are looking for a cookie recipe that you can make with your kids, this is it! They will have a blast making the thumbprints and adding the jelly on top before they bake.
How To Make Thumbprint Cookies
Here are my step-by-step pictures. If you want to see all the steps listed out, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom.
I began by melting my sticks of butter in a bowl in the microwave. This took about 55 seconds. Then, I dumped the butter into a larger mixing bowl and added the 1/2 cup of sugar. I simply whisked this together by hand. You are certainly welcome to cream it in a mixer, but I have mine packed away somewhere, so I did it by hand.
Next, I mixed in the 2 cups of flour. Again, you can use your mixer or mix by hand like I did. Your mixture will become a light, crumbly, soft dough that will be easy to shape into balls.
I shaped the dough into teaspoon to tablespoon sized balls and placed on an ungreased cookie sheet. Due to the high butter content, additional grease is unnecessary! I found that the sooner I worked with the dough balls, the easier they were to shape and work with, as warmer dough was more flexible.
We made thumbprints on each of the balls and filled each well with our favorite fillings, which were fig jam and raspberry fruit spread.
This is the fun part! Let your kids add their favorite jams or jellies on top. You can even go to the store and pick out some new ones they have never tried before.
Then, just bake them for anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Yes, this is a large range of time, you need to keep an eye on the cookies because all ovens work differently. Watch for the edges to turn the slightest bit golden brown.
After they reach the color around the edges, they are done! Ours took about 13 minutes.
This recipe makes an impressive finished product and uses the most common ingredients ever! It is a no muss, no fuss creation that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The light, buttery cookies will be a hit with children and adults alike!
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup marmalade
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer or whisk by hand.
- Add flour and mix with mixer or by hand.
- The dough will be soft and crumbly.
- By the teaspoonful, shape into round balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- Make thumbprints in each dough ball and fill with your favorite jam, jelly, or marmalade.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the edges are beginning to turn a golden brown.
- Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 cookies Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
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