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Round and rectangular thumbprint cookies on black backdrop

A Master Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Lauren
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 25 cookies 1x


This vanilla almond thumbprint cookies recipe is the perfect base to fill with your favorite jam or filling!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup jam


  1. Make the dough: Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Add the flour one cup at a time and beat on low speed until the dough is formed. It should be pretty soft to the touch. Press dough into a disc and tightly cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge at least 4 hours or until dough is firm. Remove and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before shaping. This will help prevent cracks.
  2. Shaping dough using cutters: If using thumbprint cutters or stamps, place dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fill each with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Place sheet in the fridge to firm up for about 10 minutes before baking.
  3. Shaping dough by hand: Roll one tablespoon of dough into a smooth ball. Place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Make an indentation with your thumb into each ball. Smooth any cracks with your fingers. Fill each with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Place sheet in the fridge to firm up for about 10 minutes before baking.
  4. Bake: Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges.


  • Dough: If your dough gets too soft when cutting and handling it, pop it into the fridge for a few minutes to firm up before continuing.
  • To store: Once fully cool, store in an air tight container at room temperature or the fridge for up to 6 days. They can also freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies & Candy

Keywords: thumbprint cookies