Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies – very popular shortbread cookies – holiday style!
I apologize for the cookie overload lately, but these Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies are so worth making!
I’m not sure if these Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies can be called holiday cookies, but they definitely are my favorite cookies. Filled with jam or curd.
So easy to make if you follow my recommendations. They could be made in advance and then baked for an event. I don’t usually add the drizzle to thumbprint cookies, but it does make them look even more festive.
This is a basic shortbread cookie recipe without leavening agent like baking soda and baking powder.
This is important, so the cookies don’t spread. I also like to chill the dough after shaping the cookies for at least 2 hours or overnight. After baking these cookies, it is important that you reshape the indentation for the filling while they are still hot.
You can fill the cookies with a jam of your choice. You can use lemon curd, too. I personally prefer pairing these sweet shortbread cookies with tart jam like cherry. It is a great combination, perfect for the holidays!
Thanks for reading CookingLSL! To stay up on what’s going on in my kitchen, you can follow me on: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and sign up for e-mail updates, to receive more recipes and a copy of my FREE e-cookbook 15+ Most Popular Recipes On CookingLSL.
Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
For the cookies:
- 1 cup butter at room temperature
- ¾ cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups +2 tbsp all purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 8 oz jar cherry jam
For the glaze:
- 1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) cream or milk (you can also use water)
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment beat butter on high until creamy (2 minutes). Add sugar and vanilla extracts. Beat on medium until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
Add flour and beat on low, until it is slowly incorporated and dough is formed. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Take out of the fridge and let dough soften just a little for 5-10 minutes. Scrape about 1 tbsp of cookie dough and roll into balls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (silpat ) and place balls on it, leaving about 2 inches in between. Using your thumb (or a ½ tsp measuring spoon) make and indentation. Chill cookies for at least 30 more minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). Bake cookies for 14-15 minutes, until very lightly browned. If for some reason the thumbprint indentations have puffed up, very carefully press with the back of a measuring spoon (or a similar object) to re-shape it. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
Fill each cookie with about 1 tsp cherry jam.
Prepare the glaze by whisking powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Add more milk or sugar to get to the desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies.
Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 145, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 17mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 195%, Vitamin C: 0.7%, Calcium: 5%, Iron: 0.4%
Blood Orange Curd Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Christmas Tree Cookies
Cranberry Hazelnut Snowball Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are my favorite, too! And I love that you used cherry jam. Such a perfect little cookie for the holidays! Pinned!
Ummm, you totally do NOT need to apologize for cookie overload. EVER! 😉 I love thumbprint cookies and yours looks absolutely perfect, girlfriend! Pinned! Cheers! <3
Love your cookie kick, Mira… no worries! And these little beauties are my favorite of the season! Shortbread is a weakness for me, but pair them with cherry jam!? Heaven! These would make great gifts too! Delicious my dear!
This is certainly a festive looking cookie, Mira, and the flavors so delicious. I look forward to your cookie recipes especially this time of year! Keep ’em coming, my friend!
I love thumbprint cookies. And these with cherry jam looks so vibrant and adorable. I can imagine they must have tasted heavenly.
Love these thumbprint cookies, Mira! Shortbread is my favourite! These are perfect for Christmas. 🙂
Oh cherry jam. Isn’t that just one of the best things ever! These are such cute cookies.
Keep the cookies coming Mira, these look so buttery and yum!
These are beautiful Mira, I have just the right tray to present them on (from my Russian Grandma, of course!!!) Thumbprint cookies just go down so easy =)
NEVER apologize for a cookie overload! That’s the best thing to have too much of. And these are gorgeous!
First, I don’t think you should ever apologize for a cookie overload! And second – wow Mira – fantastic job on these – these look like they belong in some exquisite bakery – hint hint! 🙂
Mira, these cookies are perfection! I love thumbprint cookies!!!!
Oh girl, Christmas is in the air !!! These cookies look delicious, cute and extremely Christmas like!
You always make the most beautiful cookies, Mira! I wish I had an entire tin of these, I would eat them all and then have to make another one to send to everyone else.
Bring as many cookie recipes as you like Mira, the more the better! These cherry jam ones look like little jewels on the tray!
I would love your permission to link your Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookie recipe to my next blog post about making freezer cherry jam from scratch. My jam is a bit chunky with a tart/sweet flavor and works so great with your cookies!
Hi Denise, Thanks! It is fine to link to the recipe.