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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, WI
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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268276
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

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

mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 185768
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

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

rnrs6 User ID: 7515237 107137
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."

711baba User ID: 1018886 102456
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."

lisakj User ID: 5497581 185766
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!"

fizzball User ID: 5920580 168131
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

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

Emilyrf User ID: 5321449 118232
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!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 115999
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."

mary-rose55 User ID: 3777413 166665
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."

LenoraG User ID: 1967548 118231
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"This recipe was very easy to make,I made them small so they would just pop in your mouth.Cot the cooking time to 10 min. I put my raspberry jam in a piping bag much easrier to put in the smaller cookies.They lokk great,I also add a lemon glaze swirl,again put it in a piping bag,them sprinkled it with a little gold dust."

cookinwithjulie User ID: 4757131 183715
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"wonderful...i used raspberry and strawberry"

stefanieherren User ID: 5422437 115945
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I dipped the bottoms in choclate and filled with raspberry preserves. Very good."

fritzoidone User ID: 1957975 101442
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I use melted chocolate in the center rather than the preserves. Love chocolate and poppy seed together. Have dental floss ready for your guests, however. LOL"

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