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Easy recipe for Soft Jam Thumbprint Cookies perfect for the holidays! Buttery cookies with great flavor, filled with your favorite sweet jam. Perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Butter With A Side of Bread


  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Jam


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  • Add flour and salt and mix until incorporated and dough comes together in a ball. If desired, chill for 30 minutes.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls (make sure they’re perfectly round), and arrange on prepared cookie sheet. Use a 1/2 tsp. measure to create perfectly circular craters in the center.
  • Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove cookie sheet from oven. If indentations look shallow, further define them again, and fill each with a bit of jam.
  • Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden.