Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Classic Thumbprint Cookies


"Filled with the one-of-a-kind taste of SMUCKER'S® preserves or jam, this recipe combines delicious fruit flavor with classic crunch."


servings 116 cals
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Original recipe yields 48 servings



  • Calories:
  • 116 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 7.6 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 17 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Adjust rack to middle position. Coat 2 cookie sheets lightly with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Beat brown sugar and shortening in medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, water, vanilla and salt. Beat until well combined. Add flour on low speed until well blended.
  3. Beat egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a separate bowl. Measure about 2 teaspoons dough for each cookie. Form into balls by rolling between your palms. Dip each dough ball into egg whites, then roll into pecans. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.
  4. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. It may be necessary to create the indentation once again with a spoon. Place about 1 teaspoon preserves into the indentation of each cookie. Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for several minutes. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
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  1. 17 Ratings


I too have been looking for a better Jam Thumbprint recipe. We have been making these cookies every Christmas now for over 20 years. I was never completely satisfied with the taste or the look...

I have been looking for a good thumbprint cookie recipe for over a year. Unfortunately this is not it. It was hard to make the print big enough, the jam did not melt into the bowl but sat on top...

I made these b/c I was looking for a slightly different jelly thumb-print cookie and these came out perfectly! They rolled well, the chopped nuts stayed on, and the jelly stayed in the finger-p...

I'm not a cookie maker but I made these cookies and found them delicious. I'm wanted to use up my own freezer jam. I strained out the extra liquid and use it for the filling. That all worked gre...

The dough was crumbly and dry. There are other thumbprint recipes on this site that I like better.

I made these last Christmas and had the same trouble as the previous reviewer. The cookies crumbled being taken off the sheet, and the ones that were salvaged had a very dry taste.

my daughter and I made these. I must have done something wrong as they completely fell apart when removing from cookie sheet.

Not a bad cookie, not a sweet cookie never made thumbprints before,cookie will stay together just let it cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes then place on wire racks to cool.

Added 2 tsp of almond extract instead of vanilla extract trying to make a recipe that was similiar to my Mom's it did not work the cookies were good just did not taste like my Mom's Rasberry Thu...