Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

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These little strawberry thumbprint cookies are the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter!

These strawberry thumbprint cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Each year when I put together my holiday baking list, I try to make at least one different cookie. Sometimes it’s a new recipe and sometimes it’s one I haven’t made in a while. This year I was inspired to make a strawberry thumbprint cookie. It’s been ages since I’ve made thumbprints. AGES!

Our favorite strawberry thumbprint cookie recipe! These cookies are perfect any time of year!

While I was making these little strawberry thumbprint cookies, I was talking with Hannah. She hangs out in the kitchen with me a lot; we often chit chat while I bake. Anyway, she informed me that these were her favorite cookies of all time! …I never make these cookies, ever. Mom fail.

Make these sweet and crunchy strawberry thumbprint cookies this Christmas!

I promised Hannah that I’ll make these cookies for her more often; I had forgotten how easy they are! The recipe is super simple and mine is, of course, a small-batch recipe, so it doesn’t make a ton of cookies (unless you want it to). And trust us when we tell you that these strawberry thumbprint cookies are perfection.

The cookie itself is light, buttery, and crunchy with a subtle zing from the strawberry jam and sweetness from the powdered sugar. They’re so simple, yet so delicious!

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Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
Lightly sweet, soft, and flavorful thumbprint cookies filled with fresh strawberry jam.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 155 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 1 TBS flour
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam


  • In a medium bowl cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add extracts and stir.
  • Add flour half at a time mixing in completely.
  • Form dough into a ball.

To bake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets.
  • Using a 1 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll into balls. Place balls on cookie sheet.
  • Using the back side of a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon (or your thumb), gently press an indentation into the top of each cookie.
  • Fill each cookie with 1/2 tsp of strawberry jam (or your favorite flavor, they’re delicious with raspberry jam too!).
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, avoid over-baking.
  • Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets prior to placing on a wire rack.
  • Once cookies are cooled completely, dust with sifted powdered sugar.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 20.2gProtein: 1.2gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 4.9gSodium: 1mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 6.1g
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  1. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons says:

    Love how simple and delicious these are! A fabulous holiday cookie recipe!

  2. Wow! These look perfect and perfectly round! Looking forward to checking our the raspberry chia jam too!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Using a cookie scoop to make the cookies all the same size and using the back of round measuring spoon to make the indentation helps with the consistent shape of these little guys. 🙂

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  3. Absolutely love this recipe with just a few ingredients. My husband loves Jam cookies and he would totally love this.

    1. Thank you Sandhya, I know – I love simple recipes too! Thank you SO much!

  4. These are beautiful. I have had thumbprints on my cookie to-do list for far too long (years!). I always thought they were more complicated that this.

    1. I know what you mean Jamie! I forgot how easy they really are, and they look so fancy! These would be great for a cookie exchange, everyone would assume you worked really hard! LOL!

  5. Mmm I love thumbprints too – I switch mine up sometimes and add dulce de leche or chocolate instead of jam. So good!

    1. Taylor, that’s a genius idea! I bet those are delicious. I’m totally going to try dulce de leche!

    1. Thank you so much Kate! They make excellent gifts for sure! 🙂

  6. your thumbprints look like the ones my grandmother would make. One can never have enough cookies for Christmas! =)

  7. Thumbprints have always been a favorite of mine during the holiday season…homemade is the best. The little bit of strawberry jam is delightful. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much Catherine! Merry Christmas to you too! 🙂