Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Melt-in-your-mouth Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies are easy to make shortbread cookies with a dollop of your favorite jam to sweeten up your holidays! Roll in toasted coconut and top with a red jam to bring a little color to your Christmas cookie tray.

Cookies piled on white tablecloth with plateful in background.

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

I can’t believe Christmas is only a week away! The time has flown by this year and I’m still trying to get all my baking done. I’ve gotten my Pistachio Whipped Shortbread Cookies and Double Chocolate Mint Cookies baked and still working on my Chocolate Chip Macaroons. Are you in the midst of making all your favorites for the holidays?  I may have a lot to do yet but these Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies would be missed if I didn’t make them. Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies overhead

These cookies are similar to shortbread cookies and super easy to make. They’re buttery, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, flavored with vanilla and sweetened with a dollop of your favorite jam. I covered mine in toasted coconut and pecans but the cookie is super yummy without as well.

How to make melt-in-your-mouth Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies prep

  1. Gather ingredients.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Separate eggs and set whites aside. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and blend well.
  4. Add dry ingredients and beat until well blended.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies ready to assemble

  1. Prepare an assembly line of sorts with whisked egg whites in a wide-mouthed bowl and toasted coconut and nuts on flat plates. Line cookie sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies coating

  1. Roll dough into a ball and dip into egg whites then roll in toasted coconut or nuts.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies making depression with measuring spoon

  1. Place on cookie sheet and make a depression in the center of each one with the back of a measuring spoon.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies adding jam

  1. Fill with jam and bake.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies closeup baked

Look how beautifully they bake up. A little crunchy outside with a soft creamy inside and topped with flavorful jam.

Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies bite

Take a bite and then hide some so there will be some left for you after they get devoured. Believe me, I know this from experience and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on your fair share. 🙂 Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes
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Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
37 mins

Melt-in-your-mouth Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies are easy to make shortbread cookies with a dollop of your favorite jam to sweeten up your holidays! Roll in toasted coconut and top with a red jam to bring a little color to your Christmas cookie tray.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cherry thumbprint cookies, classic thumbprint cookies, shortbread thumbprint cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 2/3 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut or toasted pecans, chopped garnish
  • 1/3 cup cherry jam or your favorite flavor
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, silicone mat or lightly spray with a nonstick spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer until creamy & fluffy.
  3. Separate eggs and put whites aside.
  4. Continue beating while adding 2 egg yolks and vanilla.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
  6. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet and bet until well blended.
  7. Place whites in a wide-mouthed bowl and whisk until frothy.
  8. Place toasted coconut and/or chopped nuts on small flat plates.
  9. Using a small or medium cookie scoop, scoop out dough and roll into balls.
  10. Dip each ball into frothy egg whites then roll int desired garnish, either coconut or nuts.
  11. Place on prepared cookie sheets.
  12. Make a small depression in center with either the handle of a large wooden spoon or the back of a measuring spoon.
  13. Fill with jam.
  14. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes then move to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 82mg3%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 146IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies


  • Reply
    12/19/2018 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    These cookies are perfect for the holidays! so festive and totally delicious!

  • Reply
    12/19/2018 at 9:34 am

    5 stars
    What beautiful cookies. The pop of jam color is perfect for the holiday and they are guaranteed to be a hit with Santa. Your giveaway is fabulous too!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/11/2019 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Julie! Hope Santa enjoyed his cookies!

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