Thumbprint cookies

    40 min

    This is my favourite biscuit to make with kids. The recipe is very easy and calls for just 5 simple ingredients.

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    Makes: 36 cookies

    • 170g butter, softened
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 220g plain flour
    • 160g jam, any flavour

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, caster sugar and egg yolks. Mix in flour a little bit at a time until a soft dough forms. Roll dough into 5cm balls. If dough is too soft, chill for 15 to 20 minutes. Place balls 8cm apart on ungreased baking trays. Use your thumb or an instrument of similar size to make a thumbprint or well in the centre of each cookie. Fill the hole with 1/2 teaspoon of jam.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom. Transfer from baking tray to cooling racks.

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    I'd like to give this recipe 4 1/2 stars, since the only thing that keeps it from the 5 stars is that the actual cookie (excluding the jam) has a very bland taste, so I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, made the cookies really great! I baked a batch yesterday, and it didn't last a day, so I baked another today. Also I used 1 whole egg instead of two yolks and used strawberry jam. Delicious, thanks for the recipe!  -  06 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Incredible!! here is a trick for getting the jam in the hole quickly and easily. Take sandwich bag and spoon the jam into the bottom of the bag. Massage slightly to get lumps out. Make a small snip in the bottom of the bag so you can squeeze out the jam into the holes in the dough. I used seedless blackberry jam..great choice!! I topped baked cookies with a coat of sifted powdered sugar. I'm going to always double this recipe. They are gone before they're cooled!!  -  24 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an excellent recipe. After my cookies were done, (while still warm) I dipped them in powdered sugar for a different look and taste. They are VERY yummy this way! I uploaded a photo of them for those who would like to see what they look like this way. The powdered sugar melts into the jam, so it looks like there is powdered sugar only on the cookie part. Otherwise, I followed it by the recipe. Make sure not to overfill them with jam (this is what I did the first time,... and they overflowed onto the cookie sheet).Make the hole deep enough to actually hold some jam. GREAT RECIPE!  -  11 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)