Classic Thumbprint Cookies

A traditional recipe for soft, butter-flavored thumbprints filled with jam.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 87 kcal
Author Michelle


  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup your favorite jam jelly or preserve
  • Granulated sugar for rolling
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, shortening and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add the egg yolks, milk, vanilla and salt, and beat until well combined. Reduce the mixture speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing until well blended.
  3. Measure about 2 teaspoons dough for each cookie and roll into balls. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl and roll the balls of dough in the sugar to coat. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a deep rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven. (At this point there was a little bit of melted butter underneath the cookies, but when they finished cooking it was all absorbed, and they were perfect!) It may be necessary to create the indentation once again with a spoon. Place about 1 teaspoon jam, jelly or preserves into the indentation of each cookie. Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cookie

Nutrition Facts
Classic Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.