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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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keywords christmas cookies, cookies, jam, recipe, shortbread, thumbprints
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
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.