Classic Thumbprint Cookies

classic thumbprint cookies

Y’all are gonna love this. A wonderful Christmas classic thumbprint cookie that is super easy to make and only five ingredients. No that was not a typo folks, they really are only five ingredients. With these cookies it’s all about the butter. The butter makes them light, delicate and oh so good.

There are just a few things you need to know before baking your cookies. First off these cookies will tend to spread as they bake, so you will want to leave plenty of room between them. Also the dough will tend to be soft, so you will want to put the dough in theĀ refrigeratorĀ for a few minutes until firm enough to handle.


  • 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup jam (any type)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, and beat until completely combined. With mixer on low, add flour, and mix just until incorporated.
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Place on baking sheets, at least 3 inches apart.
  3. Moisten thumb with water, and gently press the center of each ball, making an indentation about 1/2 inch wide and inch deep.
  4. In microwave or on stove, heat jam until liquefied; spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation.
  5. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

*Note – If storing, place in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.

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4 comments on “Classic Thumbprint Cookies
  1. Sounds yummy! I will be baking cookies next week. i find recipes from Martha always work out great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. gotta love simple recipes.

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