I love cookies. I love all cookies. Really. I haven’t met a cookie I don’t like. I enjoy baking for my family (it’s how I show my love), so we have many favorite cookie recipes. Recently I was feeling a bit nostaligic so I dug out this recipe from my grandmother. She grew up on a farm and lived through the Depression so some how those two experiences combined to make her an amazing cook (I’m not sure how farm + Depression = great cook, but it does). This old fashioned Jam Thumbprint cookie recipe of my grandmother’s is my family’s new favorite cookie recipe. And don’t tell anyone, but these cookies are very easy to make.
Make a batch of these cookies as an iconic after-school snack (you could turn on an episode of Leave It to Beaver to enjoy with these old fashioned cookies). You can purchase jam for this recipe or make a batch of your own easy freezer jam to use.
They’re also a great holiday cookie for entertaining or gift giving. With the red jam, they’re a happy holiday party cookie.
It’s easy to make the cookies ahead, freeze them and then just add the jam when you’re ready to serve them.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. With mixer on low speed, add flour. Mix well.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 5 minutes. Remove and press a small indentation in the center of each cookie with the handle of a wooden spoon.
- Bake 8 minutes more.
- Remove and cool well on a wire rack.
- When cookies are cooled, fill each with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Allow jam to set and store in tightly covered container up to 1 week.
I can enjoy these old fashioned Jam Thumbprint Cookies and fondly remember my grandmother baking for me when I was a child. What a sweet cookie and sweet memory. What’s your favorite old fashioned cookie?