Thumbprint Cookies with My Homemade Jam

One of my childhood favourite cookies was thumbprint cookies! Helping my Mom and Aunt Angela making them is a memory that I cherish. Picking out which jam to go on the cookies was fun too! What makes them even better is perfecting the recipe over the years. Oh and homemade jam just brings it home!

Thumbprint Cookies

You can make this with just butter, I have tried it before I just don’t like the texture, its more crispy where as I prefer it to be chewy and tender, its up to you:)

Here is a link for my homemade jams, anyone of them will do:)

So from my kitchen to yours Bon appetite!

What you will need:

  • 1 stick softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt

In mixing bowl cream butter, shortening, and sugar till light and creamy.

Add in egg yolks and vanilla, beat till blended.

In measuring cup sift the flour, baking soda and salt, add to the butter mixture and beat till well blended, add yogurt beat till dough softens takes half a minute.

Take dough and shape into balls and place on a ungreased baking sheet 1 inch apart. Indent with thumb, bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.

Remove from oven and spoon over with jam. Remove gently from pan unto serving dish. Enjoy!



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  1. This recipe looks perfect, I tried making a "thumbprint" cookie the other day using a shortbread recipe, can we say failure! Was awful, not what I wanted at all, will definitely be trying this!

  2. Linda Cook says:

    Hi, Donika
    Such pretty pictures! :) I wanted to ask a question. Is it possible to use all butter instead of the shortening? I never buy shortning and I really like butter!

    • Hi Linda! Thank you! Of course you may just use butter! :) The only reason I add the shortening is after trying it with just butter I found them a bit on the crispy dry side, the shortening gave the cookie the consistency that I like soft and a tender. That is just my preference, however butter will work just fine :)

  3. I love it, I have the same memory too! My Aunt would always make Thumbprint cookies around Christmas time. I adore these cookies! The Pomegranate and fig jam sounds amazing:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Thank you Terra! My Aunt would make it around Christmas time as well! The jam I used was my homemade raspberry and peach jam, I just added the pomegranates on top….but you did inspire me to make some! Sounds amazing! Thanks :)


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