Make Ahead Thumbprint Cookies

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This is the perfect freezer cookie. No slicing or chilling dough. Just bake right from frozen right out of the freezer!

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The chocolate drizzle is completely optional and these cookies are just as good without it.

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Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened (can use shortening if dairy-free)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam or another jam of your choosing
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp white chocolate chips (optional)

Beat the butter until lightened. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time incorporating completely between additions. Stir in the vanilla and almond extract along with the salt.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until a soft dough is formed. Transfer the dough into a separate bowl, cover with plastic and chill for about 1 hour.

Form the dough into 1 Tbsp balls and place on a wax paper lined tray. Using the end of a wooden spoon or your thump, press an indentation into the center of the dough. Slightly dampen your thumb if the dough is sticky.

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Spoon about 1 tsp jam into the hollow of each cookie. This may seem like a lot of jam but the cookies are not very sweet so you’ll want a bit more jam. The cookies are ready to be baked at this stage or, place the tray into the freezer for 1-2 hours. At that point, the cookies should be firm and the jam should be set. Place the frozen cookies into a Tupperware container between layers of wax paper.

To BAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

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From fresh, bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are golden. Add 2-3 minutes if the cookies are baked from frozen.

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Melt the white and dark chocolate chips separately and drizzle liberally onto the cookies.

Makes about 30 cookies.

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4 Comments

  1. val,

    these were really good cookies.
    tasty and cheerful holiday gift for the neighbors…

    thanks.

    • Hi Marilyn, So glad you were able to give them a try. Hope you are well and hope to see you again soon!

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