Thumbprint Cookies are a classic, crowd-favorite holiday dessert! Traditionally filled with any number of delicious jams and baked to soft, fluffy perfection, this easy Christmas cookie recipe takes only 30 minutes to make.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup jam or preserves, I used strawberry, blueberry and apricot jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
Add in egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Next add in the salt and flour and mix until the dough is completely combined. You don't have to worry about over mixing this dough. It is important that all of the flour and butter is completely mixed before rolling the cookies. (It will look dry and crumbly that is ok!)
Form dough into 1 tablespoon balls and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Using either you thumb or a 1/2 teaspoon press indentations in the center of each cookie.
Fill each cookie with 1/2 tsp of your favorite jam or preserves. We did strawberry, blueberry and apricot jam.
Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies look set and look slightly golden brown.
Allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet then enjoy!