Thumbprint Butter Cookies Recipe
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Thumbprint Butter Cookies Recipe

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These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats. Fill the thumbprint in the center with any fruit preserves you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons apricot or other fruit preserves

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 75 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg, oil, vanilla and butter flavoring. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Bake until edges are light brown, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Fill with preserves. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Thumbprint Butter Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Cookies & Candies 2006, p37

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shandan23 User ID: 4872922 94712
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"very good cookies! can be made into smaller balls of dough on cookie sheets, i used my metal tsp bottom to make the holes in the middle, works better but you need to do it again halfway through baking. They look beautiful when filled with your favorite jams! i used my homemade freezer jam! Will definately be a keeper in my house!"

kleescraga User ID: 3865772 148977
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"Delicious cookies. The recipe didn't mention the necessity to chill prior to rolling, but my dough was so soft I had to refrigerate for about an hour. I didn't know if the finished cookies would need to be refrigerated, but I did anyway just to be safe. This recipe is definitely a keeper for us, but I would like to know if final refrigeration is necessary."

imacookingirl User ID: 4602535 94708
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Absolutely fantastic!!!!! I made a batch to take to my teacher and all of them were impressed!!! Even the Home Ec teacher said they were marvelous!!!!!"

trilletsub User ID: 1503741 95625
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Since finding this in the magazine it has become a yearly favorite!"

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