Christmas Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

by Denise Brotton, Cookie Club Member

Recipe Courtesy of

Category: Desserts, Cookies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Level: Baking Experience Helpful

Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

These jam filled cookies are pretty for the holidays and taste so good. Everyone loves them!


8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

3/4 c. butter (not margarine), softened

1 c. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Jam or preserves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl. In a separate bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture slowly to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape cookie dough into balls and place on cookie sheets. Editor's Note: When baking these cookies we used parchment paper, however, it is not necessary. It would also be fine to use ungreased baking sheets.

Press indent into each ball with your thumb. Fill each cookie indent with a teaspoonful of jam or preserves. Editor's Note: Choose your favorite jam or preserves to use; store bought or homemade, regular or no sugar added. We chose blackberry jam and red raspberry preserves for variety. We also made a few with guava jelly (purchased on our last trip to Florida). YUM!

Bake 10 - 12 minutes. Careful, do not overbake.