These Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are the most soft and amazing cookies. It is bursting with flavor with the raspberry jam. This cookie has amazing texture and the flavor combination is outstanding.

Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry cookies on a cooling rack.

The Best Thumbprint Cookies Recipe:

This classic cookie is on the top of my baking list every year. It is a buttery cookie that is filled with different types of jam. They can be customized in so many different ways. Our favorite is to use the raspberry jam.

The Raspberry Thumbprint cookie is so tender and has the perfect amount of sweetness. They are perfect for dessert but my favorite is to have it with coffee in the morning.

These bite-size cookies really are the perfect cookie. No need for a plate or a fork, you can just get one from the cookie jar and go about your day.

Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry cookies on a cooling rack.

What are Thumbprint cookies?

Thumbprint cookies are an easy sugar cookie recipe that is rolled into balls and then rolled into sugar. You can also make a almond shortbread cookie. But I really like the sugar cookie base.

Once you are done rolling the dough into balls, then leave a thumbprint in the cookie before baking.

You will then fill the thumbprint with your favorite jam. I usually use the round part of the teaspoon to make the indent in the cookie. It works perfectly.

Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry cookies on a cooling rack.

Ingredients: 

  • Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature 
  • Sugar 
  • Egg Yolk 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Salt 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Seedless Raspberry Jam or Preserves (you can also use Strawberry or Apricot) 

How to make Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl with a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand held mixer, at medium speed cream together the butter and sugar. 
  • Next beat in the egg yolk, vanilla extract and salt.  Mix until well combined with the Kitchenaid stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Then stir in the flour until well combined.  
  • Scoop out the cookie dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon and roll the dough into balls. Then roll the balls into the sugar and place them on baking sheets. 
  • Then use your thumb (or the back side of a measuring spoon) to press an indentation into each cookie and then put a small amount of the jam into the indentation of each cooke (approximately ½ teaspoon of jam per cookie). 
  • Then bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are set or lightly brown.  
  • Let the cookies set on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Should you fill Thumbprint Cookies before or after baking?

It is best to fill the cookies with the jam before baking. As soon as you roll them in a ball, put your thumbprint in the cookie and add in the raspberry jam.

At times I have forgotten to fill the raspberry jam prior to baking. If this happens, as soon as they come out of the oven, indent the cookie with a round teaspoon and fill with your raspberry jam.

Adding the jam either way your cookies will turn out perfectly.

Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry Cookies stacked on a platter.

How to store Thumbprint Cookies?

These cookies are easy to store. Just place them in a airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

I have a cookie jar that I like to fill during the holiday, and these are always included.

Baking cookies and holidays go together so well.

We love making these cookies for a cookie exchange. They are a memorable cookie that everyone loves receiving.

These tiny cookies has so much flavor in every bite that your friends will be surprised how easy they are to make.

These cookies also make a perfect gift. I like to place these in a cute mason jar combined with some tea bags and coffee grounds and your gift is complete. Perfect for neighbors and teachers and great for your budget.

Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry Cookies on a platter.

Varations for perfect Thumbprint Cookies:

  • Raspberry jam is one of my favorites, but I have tried others. We have tried plum, blueberry and strawberry. You can use jam or fruit preserve.
  • Try adding some almond extract for a raspberry almond cookie or some lemon zest. Raspberry Lemon cookies are a fun twist to this cookie recipe.
  • Instead of rolling the cookie in sugar, you could roll them in some nuts. We have tried pecans and almonds. We love this version on this classic cookie.
  • Occasionally we will add a glaze on top. Lemon or almond glaze would be a nice touch and they would look so pretty with just a simple glaze.
Close up image of Thumbprint Raspberry cookies stacked.

Print recipe for Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies here:

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 5 votes
This easy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie is so easy to make. This buttery cookie has a soft texture that is bursting with raspberry flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 36
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 99
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Sugar plus 3 Tbsp for rolling the cookies in
  • 1 Large Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Raspberry Jam or Preserves you can also use Strawberry or Apricot

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • in a large bowl with a stand up mixer or a hand held mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Next mix in the egg yolk, vanilla extract and salt.  Mix until well combined.
  • Then stir in the flour until well combined.
  • Scoop the out the cookie dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon and roll the dough into balls. Then roll the balls into the sugar and place them on the baking sheets.
  • Then use your thumb to press an indentation into each cookie and spoon the jam into the indentation of each cooke (approximately ½ tsp per cookie).
  • Then bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are set.
  • Let the cookies set on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 99kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 1g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 19mg, Sodium 34mg, Potassium 13mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 165IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 4mg, Iron 1mg

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