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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

These Vanilla Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are sweet and tender. The vanilla extract compliments the jam and the optional glaze is gorgeous! 
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword How to Make Thumbprint Cookies, Thumbprint Cookie Recipe, Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 small cookies
Calories 90kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 1/2 cup softened butter you want it really soft but not melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup jam

optional glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk stirred together until smooth and runny


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and flour until crumbly dough forms. {Right near the end of stirring, I use the warmth of my hands to help it come together.
  • Using a small cookie scoop {2 teaspoon size} divide the dough into even mounds of dough.
  • Roll dough to create a smooth cookie ball and press an indentation into the center using your thumb.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until puffed and barely golden brown on the bottom.
  • Cool 10 minutes.
  • Scoop 1 teaspoon of jam into the center of each cookie and drizzle with glaze, if desired.
  • Cool completely and serve.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg