These Sugar Plum Thumbprint Cookies Are Your New Favorite Holiday Dessert

sugar plum thumbprint cookie recipe


Everyone loves a good thumbprint, but what makes it really special is the jam. With a simple base cookie recipe and the jam of your choice, you have a classic, tasty cookie that goes great with hot chocolate, milk, coffee — you decide. We found sugar plum jam and decided we were going to make the most festive thumbprint cookie there ever was, but if you can’t get your hands on that type of jam (we found ours at Trader Joe’s), use whatever your heart desires. The cookie will be amazing no matter what.

Sugar Plum Thumbprint Cookies

sugar plum thumbprint cookie recipe



  • 1/2 pound (or one stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Your favorite jam


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy, about five minutes. Then, add the egg and vanilla and beat them until incorporated.

In another bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix them until totally combined. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture in batches until it’s just incorporated. Roll the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet. Using your thumb, make circular indentations in the cookie — just enough for a small spoonful of jam to nestle inside. You don’t want to pack your cookie with jam, or you’ll have a mess!

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until you see the edges turning a golden brown.

Pro tip: If you have the time, chill your dough for two to three hours before baking. The dough will set much more nicely and the flavors will have time to marinate.


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