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Christmas Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Christmas Thumbprint Cookie Recipe by CookieClubRecipes

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies with Jam
by Denise Brotton, Cookie Club Member
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Category: Desserts, Cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Level: Baking Experience Helpful
Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

These jam filled cookies are pretty for the holidays and taste so good. Everyone loves them!

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8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. butter (not margarine), softened
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Jam or preserves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

stick butter and block of cream cheese

Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla together in large bowl.

bowl of flour ingredients

In a separate bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture slowly to creamed mixture and mix well. 

cookie dough balls on cookie sheet with parchment paper

Shape cookie dough into balls and place on cookie sheets. 

Editor's Note: When baking these cookies we used parchment paper, however, it is not necessary. It would also be fine to use ungreased baking sheets.

cookie balls with thumb imprint

Press indent into each cookie ball with your thumb. 

blackberry jam and raspberry jam in bowls

Editor's Note: Choose your favorite jam or preserves to use; store bought or homemade, regular or no sugar added. We chose blackberry jam and red raspberry preserves for variety. We also made a few with guava jelly (purchased on our last trip to Florida). YUM!

cookie dough with jam center

Fill each cookie indent with a teaspoonful of jam or preserves.

christmas cookies baking in oven

Bake 10 - 12 minutes. Careful, do not overbake. 

Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Center by CookieClubRecipes