Thumb Print Cookies / Jam Drops




Ingredients ( For 12 – 15 cookies)

  1. All purpose flour – 1.5 cup
  2. Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup / 1 stick, softened
  3. Sugar – 3/4 cup
  4. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  5. Egg – 1
  6. Jam – As required
  7. Salt – 1 – 2 pinches


1. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Blend well. Add in the flour and salt. Blend the ingredients well using a spatula or spoon. Keep the bowl covered with a plastic wrap, in the refrigerator, for 20 – 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll about a tbsp of dough into a small  ball. Place the balls about an inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Now slightly flatten the balls and use your thumb to press a deep indentation on each ball. Fill the indentation with abut 1 tsp jam. Do not overfill as they would spread a lot while baking. Bake these cookies for about 9 – 11 minutes until their edges are slightly golden. While the cookies are baking, prepare  another batch of dough balls on a fresh sheet of parchment paper. Now take out the cookie sheet from the oven and remove the parchment paper with cookies to a cooling rack. Do not eat it right away as the jam would be extremely hot. Place the parchment paper with the next batch of dough balls on the cookie sheet and bake until done. Store the cooled biscuits in an air tight container. These cookies are so easy to bake, mine didn’t look as good as how it should be (as it spread outside the cavities during baking)but it still tasted awesome!

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Recipe Source – The Year of the Cookie by Rose Dunnington

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Your blog is just awesome! I tried this thumb cookies..exact same recipe step by step…but mine got just completely flatened out in shape…any idea what went wrong?

  • Anonymous,

    Sorry that it didn’t turn out good. Did you over-mix or over-bake the dough and did you use softened butter(room temperature) for this recipe? Over-mixing the dough will melt the butter even if you have started with softened butter. My guess is you might have creamed the butter/sugar too long. If the butter is melted (or too soft), then the cookies may go flat. If you have done these correctly for this recipe, then I am not sure why it happened  . However I did some search and found some useful tips for you :
    Soften the butter naturally and not in a microwave otherwise the cookies may flatten. You can replace the butter with shortening (but using butter will yield a tastier cookie) – cookies made with butter spread faster because it melts more quickly than shortening does.

    Try to mix the dough with your hands instead of spoon and spatula.

    You could try adding little extra flour which will keep the cookies from spreading a lot.

    Using parchment paper would also be a good idea. Avoid greasing your cookie sheet or parchment paper, the additional grease encourages spreading.

    Do not skip the chilling part – Cold dough won’t spread as quickly. Chilling the dough, even for half an hour, produces thick cookies that are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. After filling the cookies with jam, you can put the whole cookie sheet in the refrigerator or freezer for about 10 minutes.

    Finally, start baking in a hot oven (in this case, 375 F) so that the outside is baked quickly. After the outside of the cookie has set, then lower the oven temp (to about 325 F) to finish baking the inside of the cookie. It should take about 8 minutes in a hot oven to set the outside of the cookie.

    Hope that your cookies will come out well next time. Good luck!

  • Thanks a lot for the response. I really appreciate your time and effort in replying. I think my butter was overmelted. I did not microwave it because I knew that would result in flat cookies but I think I left the butter stick outside for too long and ended up with “over soft” butter. Anyway, I am not ready to give up. Giving it one more try this weekend and will let you know how it turns out to be. I will be careful with the butter and over-mixing part this time 🙂

  • Hi guys…
    Your blog is just fantastic !!!Made theses yummy cookies came out perfect.I was so thrilled after making these cookies,that I tried the peanut cookies too!That also came out superb……
    My kiddos just loved it….thank you so much….
    Loved yummy o yummy!!!

  • Babita,

    We were so excited to read your comment. Thank you so much for trying out both the cookies and for letting us know about it. Really happy that they came out perfect 🙂

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