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Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipes

Same recipe but two different finishes. Make heart jam sandwich biscuits or roll the dough into balls and use your thumb to make an indent. Fill the indent with jam and bake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert & Bakery
Cuisine: American


  • 125 grams butter
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 grams plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 jar jam your choice but seedless raspberry is brilliant


Make The Dough

  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  • Sift together salt, baking powder and flour. Stir into the wet mixture.
  • Chill dough for a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Sandwich Hearts

  • Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface.
  • Cut out two circles with cookie cutters.
  • Cut a heart in the centre of one of the circles.
  • Bake at 180 C on cookie sheet until golden.
  • Let cool on a wire rack.
  • Sandwich cookies together with jam of your choice.


  • Roll chilled dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • Using your thumb, put a dent in each ball.
  • Using a teaspoon, drop a bit of jam in each dough dent.
  • Bake at 180 C until golden.
  • Cool on a wire rack.