The BEST Thumbprint Cookies made with only 5 ingredients. Easy to make and SO delicious – these classic thumbprint cookies are a must try!
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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are my all time favorite cookie and for good reason!
- They’re made with only 5 ingredients
- They’re little and totally poppable (AKA… I usually eat at least 4 in one sitting!)
- They’re the perfect combo of buttery/sweet
- They’re SO easy to make!
My gram has been making these classic thumbprint cookies for as long as I can remember. They’re perfect for the holidays or really any time!
Fair warning: they will fly off your table! Let me show you how easy they are to make.
Ingredients for Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
We usually try to provide substitutions for recipes but we can’t recommend any for this recipe!
How to make Classic Thumbprint Cookies
It is so easy to make classic thumbprint cookies! In a bowl combine softened butter, sugar and egg yolk. Gradually add in flour until a thick dough forms.
You can chill your dough for an hour to prevent the cookies from spreading, or you can go right to rolling them.
Form dough into ½ tablespoon balls.
Place on an ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet
Make an indent in the center with your thumb and fill with jam.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until light brown for 10-12 minutes.
Tips for the best Thumbprint Cookies:
These cookies are pretty easy to make but here are a few tips for you!
Indents: Be GENTLE when pressing into the cookies to prevent them from cracking. Use your thumb, or if you want more uniform indents use the back of a teaspoon or the bottom handle of a wooden spoon to get perfect indents
Prevent Cookies from Spreading/Cracking: We recommend chilling your dough for one hour to prevent the cookies from spreading and cracking. If the cookies crack when you make your indents, just gently fix them.
Fixing your cookies: This dough is pretty pliable. If your cookies start to crack, just fix them gently before baking. If you spill jam on the side, just wipe away with a napkin before baking!
Measure your ingredients correctly – It is super important to measure your ingredients correctly, specifically the flour! Check out this tutorial on how to measure flour correctly.
Watch when baking! These go from perfectly golden brown to burnt quickly!
Heat the jam: Heating the jam for 10 seconds in the microwave makes it easier to handle
Thumbprint Cookie FAQ:
Have questions about thumbprint cookies? We’ve got answers!
Why did my thumbprint cookies spread? Your cookies may have spread because of the temperature of the butter. Fat makes baked goods spread. Try putting your dough in the refrigerator for an hour before baking/rolling to avoid cookies spreading.
Do you bake the cookies with the jam in them? Yes! The jam bakes into the cookie and sets really nicely!
Can you make the dough ahead of time? Yes, you can make the dough and keep ahead of time for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
Storing Thumbprint Cookies:
We recommend storing these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
How long can you keep thumbprint cookies? Up to 2 weeks if stored correctly. These cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks (if you don’t eat them all before then!)
Can you freeze thumbprint cookies? Yes you can! Freeze in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 months for maximum freshness.
Do cookies with jam need to be refrigerated? These cookies only have a tiny bit of jam so they do not need to be refrigerated. Sandwich cookies or cookies with a lot of jam should be kept in the refrigerator, but thumbprint cookies are fine to stay at room temp.
Substitutions for thumbprint cookies:
We usually love to provide you with substitutions for our recipes -but sadly can’t provide many substitutions for this recipe. It only has 5 ingredients and is really intended to be made as is!
Chocolate Thumbprint Recipe: We haven’t tried making this recipe with chocolate in the center but I think it would would work. Typically those cookies are made with a chocolate ganache. Here’s a link to a chocolate thumbprint cookie recipe.
Jam: We make these cookies with Seedless Red Raspberry Jam. You can make them with any jam you like- Strawberry, Apricot, Blueberry or even Lemon Curd would all be delicious!
Rolling in sugar/crushed almonds – Some people make their thumbprint cookies like this – but we have never done that. I think it would work with this recipe, but it’s also unnecessary
They’re perfect without sugar or almonds 🙂
Butter: We always use salted butter when baking. You can sub unsalted butter but it won’t be as tasty.
Gluten Free: We haven’t tried making these gluten free, but I think it might work with 1:1 flour. If you try it, let us know.
Butter/Sugar – We can’t offer substitutions for butter or sugar in this recipe. I don’t recommend swapping with any ingredients.
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- Cream the butter. Gradually add the sugar and egg yolk.
- Add the flour and mix.
- Optional: chill the dough for an hour to prevent the cookies from spreading.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Form dough into ½ tablespoon balls.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies do spread a bit so leave room.
- Make an indent in the center of the dough with your thumb and fill with jam.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until light brown for 10-12 minutes.