Thumbprint Cookies with Jam – Buttery and Chewy

Growing up in southern California means there was a variety of theme parks within earshot – Disneyland, Six Flags, and Knots Berry Farm. There are others, but these were the main ones I visited growing up. Knots Berry Farm stood out in my memories the most because of Charlie Brown and the lovable Snoopy. Not only were they known for Snoopy, but also their awesome thumbprint cookies with jam. They’re super delicious because of the buttery shortbread and jam in the middle. 

Deceptively Simple Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Thumbprint cookies with jams are simple treats that gets their name from using your thumb to create an indenture deep enough to hold a scoop of jam into the center. Its a delicious treat that’s super simple to make just like lemon bars even though they look like it takes a lot of effort. Compared to making cream puffs, thumbprint cookies with jam takes seconds. All you have to do is blend together the few ingredients for the shortcake and add a spoonful of jam. And the jam can be store bought (unless you want a specific flavor). 

Juhys Kitchen makes a thumbprint cookie with jam that caught my eyes. She makes her thumbprint cookies like most do, but also adds a little extra that enhances the cookies. Instead of just adding jam, she she also the outer layer of her cookie dough with sugar or coconut shavings. This adds a layer of sweetness and exotic note respectively. The coconut shaving also brings a layer of crunch that you wouldn’t get from other thumbprint cookie. It reminds of biting into the Samoa girl scout cookies. She also decorates the cookies with icing and powdered sugar that’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth. 

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Juhy Kitchen's Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thumbprint cookies with jam
Servings: 4


  • 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fruit jam


  • add together butter and powdered sugar
  • mix together until soft and creamy
  • Add in salt and vanilla extract and egg yolk and mix
  • Then finally add flour and mix until a uniformed dough is formed
  • Get a small piece of dough and roll into a ball
  • Dip into granular sugar or coconut flakes (or both)
  • Press each dough ball with your thumb about half way into the dough
  • Then scoop jam of your choice into the holes
  • Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes and remove
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar or icing on top

The Center Goodness of Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

What I love most about thumbprint cookie is the center-filled jam. The more jam the better. The jam doesn’t resemble the ones you eat with yogurt or use in a PB&J after its baked. After its baked, it becomes a sweet and chewy centerpiece that’s fun and delicious to bite into. This is the main attraction of the thumbprint cookie with jam (hence the name). In fact, I had no idea the baked jam would be so chewy and delicious until I made them myself. Nonetheless, thumbprint cookies with jam are the perfect treats with a reminiscent of Snoopy and Knots. 

Start by blending together butter and powdered sugar.

Mix them together until they become one smooth consistency.

Then add in the egg yolk, salt, and vanilla to mix. Afterwards, add in flour when you’re ready to turn it into a dough.

Get a small ball of dough each and dip them into sugar or coconut flakes. Place on a baking sheet and press the center with your thumb. The deeper you press in the more jam you can fill.

The best part of this is the jam. Scoop whichever jam you have into the crevice you just created. 

thumbprint cookies with jam

After baking, the jam becomes a chewy because it lose its water content. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with icing for an even sweeter treat.

thumbprint cookies with jam

Enjoy these thumbprint cookies with jam!

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