Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies

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Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies are a true classic. They are a true star in so many families because the combination of the amazing sweet taste of the jam and the crispy cookie.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes

Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies are a true classic. They are a true star in so many families because the combination of the amazing sweet taste of the jam and the crispy cookie.

old fashioned thumbprint cookies on a white plate with a plaid napkin

These old fashioned thumbprint cookies were named from the way of making this cookie. However, these cookies are known by many different names in many different counties through the the years. Find out more here.

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These cookies start with a base cookie dough that can be turned into several types of cookies including Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Cookies)Sprinkle Cookies and Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies.


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What makes this recipe great? They are a fun cookie to make as a family. Kids love to help and feel included and this cookie is perfect for them to help.

  • Easy Dough: This dough is easy to make and only take a few ingredients.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: Great for kids to help with and everyone loves to work.
  • Adaptable: Can make with low calorie jams and many different fillings.
A pile of raspberry thumbprint cookies on a plate

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Strawberry Jam

Equipment

How to Make Thumbprint Cookies- Step by Step

step by step process for making this thumbprint cookie recipe
  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix: Second: cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer then add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix.
  • Dry: Then in a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt and next add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Scoop: Next, scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and shape into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart, using your finger or the handle of a wooden spoon press into the center of each ball to create an indentation. Spoon jam into the center of each cookie.
step by step process for making this thumbprint cookie recipe
  • Bake: When ready, bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Cool: Finally, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Common Questions About Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies

HOW DO I STORE OLD FASHIONED THUMBPRINT COOKIES?

Store in an airtight container for up to three days at room temperature and in the freezer for several months. Place cookies between layers of parchment or wax paper to protect cookies.

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There are many ways, they are detailed here.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, you can adjust the recipe for your requirements.

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RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed this recipe can made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a day or two in an airtight container or the batter can be stored for up to six months in the freezer.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU USE THIS DOUGH FOR?

You can use this dough recipe for other cookies as well. Such as, Kiss cookies or sprinkle cookies.

Jam thumbprint cookies on a white plate with a plaid napkin

Expert Tips for Making Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies

  • Different Jam: Make one batch of dough and use several different jams. For example: apricot, raspberry, blueberry or cherry.
  • Jam: Make your own or buy whatever kind that you like to eat. Check out your local farmers market if you want homemade.
  • Nuts: Slivered almonds are great on top to add a crunch.
  • Decorate: These cookies stand on their own very well, however, feel free to dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with white chocolate.

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Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies

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Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies are a true classic. They are a true star in so many families because the combination of the amazing sweet taste of the jam and the crispy cookie.
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Servings: 72 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cups Butter – softened
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Strawberry Jam

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix. Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and shape into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart, using your finger or the handle of a wooden spoon press into the center of each ball to create an indentation. Spoon jam into the center of each cookie.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Expert Tips

  • Different Jam: Make one batch of dough and use several different jams. For example: apricot, raspberry, blueberry or cherry.
  • Jam: Make your own or buy whatever kind that you like to eat. Check out your local farmers market if you want homemade.
  • Nuts: Slivered almonds are great on top to add a crunch.
  • Decorate: These cookies stand on their own very well, however, feel free to dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with white chocolate.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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