Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

I started looking for a thumbprint recipe and found this one I have changed it a bit to fit my families tastes. These are a great holiday cookies. I have also dyed the dough orange for Halloween. These are very versatile.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat margarine and sugar together until fluffy; add vanilla and egg and beat well.
  3. Stir in flour and baking powder.
  4. Roll into balls and press thumb into the middle of the cookie, fill with half a tsp or so of jelly.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

I wanted a thumbprint cookies that did not have nuts and this one turned out perfectly. I did chill the dough about 20 minutes and used a melon baller (using the back) to press out the hole. They looked beautiful. Filled with some homemade strawberry preserves.

mary winecoff December 24, 2009

Great recipe! I sometimes use almond extract instead of the vanilla. Chilling the dough about 20 minutes before rolling into balls helps working with a sticky dough. Also, dipping your finger into the flour before making the print works well.

VirgoRose April 21, 2006

Wonderful! Easy to make and taste great! Next time I am going to add almond extract (didn't have any in the house today) or maybe even half almond half vanilla.

rossieski June 14, 2012