• sticks butter, soft
  • 1 Cup  confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  • egg
  • egg yolk
  • 1 Teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups  cake flour, sifted
  • 2 Cups  jam of your choosing

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by Cookies at Home

Often a classic around the holidays, thumbprint cookies are widely popular because of the variety of fillings to choose from to fill that shallow hole. Whether filled with a favorite jam, peanut butter, or a Hershey's kiss, thumbprint cookies remain a class cookie to many.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, gently blend the butter, sugar, and salt on low speed until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to combine. Gradually add the batter mixture, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the flour all at once and mix on low just to incorporate,

Scoop balls of about 1 tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Dip your finger in a small amount of water and press an indentation in the center of each cookie. Using a small spoon, fill the indentations with the jam. Bake until lightly browned around the edges, about 10-12 minutes. Rotate and switch the baking sheets as necessary for even baking.

Allow the cookies to cool for a minute on the baking sheet then transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container. 


Adapted with permission from the publisher, Wiley, from Cookies at home with The Culinary Institute of America. Copyright © 2011


Calories per serving:

174 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 288g 443%
  • Carbs 872g 291%
  • Saturated 178g 890%
  • Fiber 14g 55%
  • Trans 11g
  • Sugars 424g
  • Monounsaturated 76g
  • Polyunsaturated 14g
  • Protein 48g 95%
  • Cholesterol 1,099mg 366%
  • Sodium 911mg 38%
  • Calcium 316mg 32%
  • Magnesium 104mg 26%
  • Potassium 1,091mg 31%
  • Iron 34mg 191%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 713mg 102%
  • Vitamin A 2,464µg 274%
  • Vitamin C 56mg 93%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 253%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 158%
  • Niacin (B3) 28mg 140%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 885µg 221%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 23%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 48%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 32%
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