Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

BY : PUBLISHED : April 19th, 2012 UPDATED: September 8th, 2021

From the author, Toni Okamoto: These Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies are the tastiest cookies that totally remind me of being a kid! I was feeling in a raspberry mood today, but you can switch out the preserves for any flavor your heart desires.

From Plant-Based on a Budget: The combination of fresh jam and a buttery-sweet crumb is pure delicious in every bite. 

four Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with raspberries in a white bowl in a white background

The best jam cookies! 

Baking cookies might seem a bit complicated, but this recipe is as simple as it can be. These childhood favorites are soft and sweet and topped with a delicious jam and a chocolate chip. How good does that sound? Dreamy! The magic of these thumbprint cookies is in the dough, it’s a simple sugar dough, but it’s light and buttery at the same time. Truly heavenly!

The combination of the ultra-soft dough with the slightest tart and sweet jam is simply amazing. We stand by how easy this thumbprint cookie recipe is, but we have a few fantastic tips to bake them to perfection! 

Small, round, bite-sized, and topped with their colorful jam, these thumbprint cookies are simply perfect to snack on while enjoying some fun activity.

Ok, ready to do some fun baking? Let’s do this.

The Ingredients and Substitutes

Vegan Butter: 1 cup (at room temperature)

Granulate Sugar: ⅔ cup

Almond Extract: 1 teaspoon

Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon

Flour: 2 cups (all-purpose)

Fruit Preserves: ½ cup (I like raspberry, but any will work)

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: just a handful (I like using Guittard or Trader Joe’s)

How to Make Jam Thumbprint Cookies?

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Beat (with an electric mixer) sugar and vegan butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add almond and vanilla extract. Add flour by 1/2 cups, beating until it’s well mixed.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto a lightly greased pan. I usually make the balls 2 tablespoons because I like large cookies. 
  • Using your thumb, make a small dent in the middle of the cookie and add the preserves and top with a chocolate chip.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

four Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with raspberries in a white bowl in a white background

Tips For a Perfect Jam Thumbprint Cookie

When it comes to baking, precision is key! Make sure you measure all the ingredients well and do so before starting the mixing process. Trust me! It makes the whole experience so much easier and less overwhelming. So, get your measuring cups and spoons ready and do some pre-prep. 

The second tip: make sure you roll the balls into a nice round shape so when pressing the thumb later creates a nice print. Ideally, you manage to make a good indent in the middle but keep the edges nice and thick. How cool is it to use your thumb to shape a beautiful cookie? It makes these cookies extra special!

And last but not least, make sure your jam is smooth enough to top your cookie evenly. If the jam is too stiff or chunky, it won’t fit the indent the right way. You can always microwave your jam for a few seconds to loosen it up a bit. 

FAQs

What types of preserves can I use?

Any fruit preserve will work. Just make sure the jam is smooth and not too chunky.

Why are the cookies cracking?

If you see a few cracks, just gently smooth them out with your finger or leave them be. Small cracks are completely normal and make each cookie special.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

four Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with raspberries in a white bowl in a white background

Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Toni Okamoto
These super easy-to-make cookies will become a favorite in your household! You can use any jam flavor you desire!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 143 kcal
METHOD Baking
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of vegan butter at room temperature
  • cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of fruit preserves I like raspberry but any will work
  • Handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips I usually use Guittard or Trader Joe's

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, beat (with an electric mixer) sugar and vegan butter until fluffy. Add almond and vanilla extract. Add flour by ½ cups, beating until it's well mixed.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto a lightly greased pan. I usually make the balls 2 tablespoons because I like large cookies. Using your thumb, make a small dent in the middle of the cookie and add the preserves and top with a chocolate chip.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and let cool for 30 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 60mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas, cookies, dairy free, holiday, homemade cookies, jam cookies, Summer Vegetarian Recipes, thumbprint, vegan, vegan cookies
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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