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Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Every Christmas, FAMILYFUN contributor Cynthia Caldwell lets her kids leave their mark on these jam-filled cookies.


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Seedless strawberry or apricot jelly


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar and stir in the vanilla extract. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour and salt. Combine the flour mixture and the butter mixture until the dough is crumbly but holds together when pinched.
  2. Take a walnut-sized piece of dough in one hand. With the thumb of the other hand, gently knead it three times. Roll it into a ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. With your knuckle or thumb, press a well in the center and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of jelly.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.