Old Fashioned Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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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.

close up of cookie cut in half with white plate of light golden cookies with red jam in center of cookie on white wood table

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. If you like fruit cookies, you should also try my Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies.

over head view of light golden cookies with red jam in center of cookie on rectangular white plate on white wood table

It’s easy to make the cookies ahead, freeze them and then just add the jam when you’re ready to serve them.

Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies
A nostalgic drop cookie that your family will enjoy.
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1761 calories
205 g
428 g
98 g
17 g
60 g
393 g
64 g
93 g
4 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1761
Calories from Fat 861
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 98g
Saturated Fat 60g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 428mg
Sodium 64mg
Total Carbohydrates 205g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 93g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  3. 1 large egg yolk
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup flour
  6. 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. With mixer on low speed, add flour. Mix well.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 5 minutes. Remove and press a small indentation in the center of each cookie with the handle of a wooden spoon.
  5. Bake 8 minutes more.
  6. Remove and cool well on a wire rack.
  7. 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.
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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?

close up of golden cookies with red jam in center of cookie on white plate

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  1. Susan, these cookies look so yummy. The remind me of something my Grandmother used to make. I am also reminded of a cookie/bar my Mom used to make that was spicy and had jam running down the center. How handy that you can freeze these and then add the jam later.

  2. Yummy to the highest flavor! Thanks for the awesome recipe. My Excellent Mom used to make these often and I just loved the different jams she would use in them- apricot, blackberry, strawberry or cherry. Taught all of us kids to sew, cook and clean. I’m very grateful to have been raised by smart kind parents:) I hope everyone has a fantastic and safe Holiday Season no matter what you celebrate!

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