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15 Best Christmas Cookies (Thumbprint Cookies Recipe & More)

Thumbprint Cookies are our favorite Christmas cookies. They’re soft, buttery and delicious –the perfect holiday cookies that everyone loves!
Keyword Christmas Cookies
Servings 30
Author Izzy


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • jam


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, fluffy and well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add flour and cornstarch. Beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute. The dough will now look dry and crumbly. Just scape down the sides and use your hands to combine the dough together.
  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon amount of dough, roll very well and shape it into a 1 ¼ inch ball. Make sure the ball is smooth with no cracks.
  • Press the tip of your thumb about a 1/2 inch into the middle of the ball to make an imprint. Repeat until you use up all of the dough.
  • Place the indented balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leaving an inch apart from each other.
  • Transfer the balls into the fridge and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350°F about 10 minutes before the cookie dough balls are done chilling.
  • Take the jam out of the bottle, and stir it well. If it’s too thick, you can place it in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 10 seconds before using them.
  • Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the fridge, and spoon jam into each indented ball. Fill the indent almost full, but not over-flowing.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes, removing from the oven before they brown.
  • Remove the cookies to cooling racks using a rigid spatula and allow to cool. Fill the cookies with your favorite jam. Serve and enjoy!