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Easy thumbprint cookies recipe

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Today I am sharing a very easy thumbprint cookies recipe. These simple cookies are made with chocolate cookie dough and are perfect for the upcoming holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I love how festive they look, especially if you fill them with different types of jam or fruit preserves. For instance, on these photos you can see that I used apricot preserves and strawberry preserves, which created cookies with two distinctly different fillings and colors (orange and red).

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The chocolate cookie dough produced a very soft and buttery cookie, which is then filled with jam.

Easy thumbprint cookies recipe - Christmas cookies

To make sure that the cookies turn out tall and not flatten out during baking, use softened unsalted butter (not melted!) – take it out of the refrigerator an hour prior to preparing the cookies and it should soften to the right consistency (not liquid, and still keeping its brick shape). Then, after you’ve made the cookie dough, roll each individual cookie into 1 inch ball, press a well into a center of each cookie using your fingers or back of a wooden spoon. Then freeze these raw cookies for about 30 minutes.

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Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and after 7 minutes of baking take them out and press well into a center of each cookie again to make it more pronounced. Then continue baking for 5 more minutes.

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I want to emphasize again that it’s very important that you use softened butter (not melted), form cookie dough into cookie balls and keep them in the freezer for 30 minutes right before baking. Otherwise, you will get a flat cookie.

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I love these colorful treats! These cookies will look gorgeous on a holiday cookie tray, don’t you think?

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Easy thumbprint cookies recipe – Christmas cookies

Preparation and baking time: 40 minutes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so), not melted but softened
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • apricot preserves or jam
  • strawberry preserves or jam

Makes about 40 cookies.

1) In a medium bowl, combine together flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix.

2) In a separate bowl, using electric mixer, beat softened butter and granulated sugar on high speed until light in color and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla – continue beating for a couple more minutes. Turn off the electric mixer, add flour-cocoa-salt mixture and then continue beating on low speed until well-combined but without over mixing.

3) Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Press a well into a center of each cookie ball using your fingers or a back of a wooden spoon. Then freeze these raw cookies for about 30 minutes.

4) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and after 7 minutes of baking, take the cookies out and press well into a center of each cookie with the end of a wooden spoon again to make it more pronounced. Then, return the baking sheet to the oven and continue baking for 5-7 more minutes.

5) Let cookies cool completely. Using a small spoon, put jam/preserves filling into each thumbprint cookie.

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  • Julia @Vikalinka December 13, 2013, 4:18 am

    Yum! I would never turn down a thumbprint cookie and especially a chocolate one!

  • Tash December 13, 2013, 6:23 am

    Hi Julia,

    These remind me so much of biscuits/cookies I used to have as a child! They look delicious indeed. I really like your ‘set’ design, too – very pretty :)

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes December 13, 2013, 8:04 am

    Thumbprint cookies are one of my favourite cookies!! These look adorable and delicious, Julia. Pinned!

  • Barb December 13, 2013, 8:08 am

    Yumm! thanks for the tip on freezing the raw cookies first!!

  • Monique December 13, 2013, 8:46 am

    Such cuties Julia:)

  • The Café Sucre Farine December 13, 2013, 10:42 am

    Chocolate and apricot, what a delightful combination! These cookies look amazing Julia! Pinned!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 13, 2013, 11:12 am

    Love a thumbprint cookie, especially these chocolate ones! Have a great weekend Julia!

  • Ashley December 13, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I love that these thumbprints have a chocolate cookie base! I don’t think I’ve ever made them that way! And then with the different jams they just look so pretty : ) Happy weekend Julia!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 13, 2013, 5:55 pm

    These cookies look so delicious Julia! I’m a big fan of thumbprints, but I hate when thet turn out flat :–( Thanks for the tip! xo

  • suzanne Perazzini December 13, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Very pretty and some great tips with the instructions.

  • Yvonne @ bitter baker December 13, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I love thumbprint cookies, these look amazing!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 13, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Great recipe! I’m a chocolate chip kinda guy though ;)

  • Liz December 13, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Thumbprint perfection! I need to try a batch with chocolate dough…yummy!

  • Kumar's Kitchen December 13, 2013, 8:28 pm

    we love making and devouring thumbprints ever since childhood…these look glorious and are bursting with colors,thanks :-)

  • ela@GrayApron December 14, 2013, 1:04 am

    How, How do you make them look so good, Julia ?! I love your touch…and the cookies :) ela

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking December 14, 2013, 4:57 pm

    You go Julia! You are on a Christmas Cookie marathon! And I am super jealous! I want to make all of them starting with these thumbprint cookies! I love a well placed jam-filled cookie in a Holiday tray!

  • Sarah O. January 18, 2014, 1:06 pm

    I must say, not only have I never thought of freezing the shaped cookie dough, but I have never made chocolate thumbprints! Great post.

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