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Delicious buttery crisp thumbprint cookies filled with sweet and tangy strawberry jam. These Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for the holidays or any occasion!

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It is the holiday baking season! I can’t think of a better way to kick it off than with these classic Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies. Buttery delicate cookies filled with melty sweet and tangy strawberry jam. Or you can also fill them with just about any flavor with your favorite jam or spread. The possibilities are endless.

Fill the Jam After Baking the Cookies

I have tried adding the jam before and after baking the cookies. When I baked the cookies with the jam already filled in, the jam seeped into the dough and make the cookies soggy. If you are aiming for crisp cookies all throughout, make sure to add the jam after baking the cookies. Then, bake the filled cookies for another 5-7 minutes to set the jam.

Best Thumbprint Cookies Tips

  • Measure the flour correctly. It is so easy to over-measure flour when using cups, causing the cookies to be too hard and cracking when shaped. When measuring the flour for these cookies, make sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife. 
  • The dough is too crumbly. After you add the flour to the cookie dough, it will look a little crumbly at first. This is normal. The dough will eventually come together as you continue mixing.
  • Don’t use your thumb. I know that these cookies are called thumbprint cookies for a reason. However, I don’t really recommend pressing the cookies down with your thumb. Whenever I press these cookies down with my thumb, the indents usually end up uneven or too big to my liking. Use a tool with a small cylindrical shape instead.
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Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

Delicious buttery crisp thumbprint cookies filled with sweet and tangy strawberry jam. These Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for the holidays or any occasion!
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50 cookies
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Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time55 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (113 gr) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (65 gr) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (160 gr) cake flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp strawberry jam


  • Preheat oven to 320F/160°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Using a mixer or spatula, mix butter and confectioners sugar until combined. Add egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  • Sift in cake flour, cornstarch, milk powder, and salt. Mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • Scoop 1-1 1/2 teaspoon of dough and roll into balls. Arrange the balls onto the prepared pan.
  • Make an indentation in the middle of each ball with the back of a measuring spoon or a small cylindrical tool.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies slightly.
  • Transfer strawberry jam into a piping bag. Pipe the jam into the middle of the cookies.
  • Bake the cookies for another 5-7 minutes or until the jam is set. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


Make sure to measure the flour correctly if using volume measurement. The cookies will end up too dry if you add too much flour. Use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Then, level the top with a knife or other straight-edged utensil.



Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The dough is too crumbly when I used volume measurement, but it works after the second try with a weight scale. The recipe is easy to follow, but I do need to bake them for another 2-3 minutes to set the jam.

  2. 3 stars
    Directions were easy to follow but dough was dry and hard to roll into balls. Cookies came out too soft for my preference and the jam did not become thick.