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Poppy Seed Thumbprints Recipe

Poppy Seed Thumbprints Recipe

My oldest son is a huge fan of these thumbprints, so I make sure they're on my baking list every Christmas. Lemon peel and poppy seeds help give this crisp cookie fantastic flavor. —Kelly Pember, Wheeler, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:60 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, oil, lemon peel and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, poppy seeds and salt; gradually beat into butter mixture.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Fill with preserves.
  • 3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
    Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving. Yield: 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 65 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2017

"Needs more flavor and I also added 1/4 tsp lemon oil."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"The lemon peel here with the poppy seeds topped with the raspberry jam makes these a winner."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"I made these for my mom's annual cookie exchange, and they were a hit!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"MaryRose- If you bake a cookie 3 minutes longer than the recipe calls, of course they are going to come out hard. It has nothing to do with the amount of flour. Cookies always harden after baking, so if you take them out soft and doughy in the middle, they will be chewy when they are cool."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I have been making poppy seed cookies for

54 years, this recipe is so delicious and easy
to make. I didn't have canola oil so I used Mazola oil. I used my homemade pineapple-plum jam. I also used a small
icecream scoop and I was finished making
them in no time. I even filled 4 cookies with Nutella also very good. Had to hide
some for myself before the grandkids and
big kids got at them. This will be on my list
to make again."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"LOVED this recipe! So easy to make...very tasty.

I didn't have raspberry used rhubarb/strawberry jam instead. I didn't have enough jam for one pan of cookies so substitued mini chocolate chips instead of the jam. Delicious. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I used all butter and homemade raspberry jam. They look lovely and taste great!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Delicious! I used homemade strawberry rhubarb jam mixed with a little of homemade plum jelly and added 1/8 tsp of almond extract in place of the lemon peel because I didn't have any. They turned out great and I believe my boyfriend will love them too!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Mary-Rose I'm sorry you're disappointed. I can assure you that all published recipes are tested multiple times before they ever hit the pages of our magazines. In addition to that, if we notice a recipe getting multiple bad reviews here on the website we send it back to the Test Kitchen for another run through."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I'm really surprised with the reviews. I made these today and was not happy at all. The 1/2 teaspoon salt was too much. You could taste it in the cookies. The cookies needed more like 15-20 minutes to bake. I took them out at 12 and they were raw. The jam spilled all over the cookie sheet and they were hard to remove. The flour was too much, and they came out hard. I am a seasoned baker; everything I bake comes out very well. But these cookies were a disappointment. In fact anything that I make from Taste of Home recipes don't turn out that well with me. Are these tested, and if they are, do you know what you are doing in your Taste of Home kitchen? I'm very disappointed with your recipes."

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