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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

When I was four, Mom and I would don our aprons and I would pretend we were bakers named Marge and Betty. Though we dropped that routine, we still make Christmas cookies together every year. —Rebecca Little, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup apricot or red raspberry preserves
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in enough flour to form a smooth dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place coconut in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and water. Shape cookie dough into 1-in. balls; dip tops in egg mixture, then in coconut, pressing slightly to adhere. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, coconut side up.
  • Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Fill with preserves.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. If desired, dust tops with confectioner's sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 82 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • _nlfPA
    Nov 10, 2015

    I like this recipe very much. The jam is put on the cookie before it is baked and I prefer doing it this way. I always use homemade red raspberry jam because my daughter-in-law in a real fan of red raspberries and this is one of her favorite cookies. It makes a pretty cookie on a cookie tray at Christmas.

  • Brassy62
    Dec 7, 2014

    I had the same problem. It was all crumbs. Could not roll them I to balls. Disappointing and a waste of ingredients.

  • svrs_cook
    Aug 18, 2014

    My mom, little sister and I make these often. They're also great because I have an egg allergy and we just omit the egg wash for my few! My grandpa raves about these cookies when we make them for him and my grandma loves that her house smells like a bakery for the rest of the day.

  • queenpenguin
    Dec 17, 2013

    they were good. I didn't put them in the fridge since the dough was already workable. by the end it was too crumbly though and difficult to work with. I also only baked them for 10 minutes. they are too small for longer temperature.

  • loretta32
    Nov 27, 2013

    I could not make these cookies. The batter just crumbled and was worse after the 30 min. in the fridge. What did I do wrong? It appears that it needs more liquid. There was not a chance to roll it into a ball, it just crumbled into a million little crumbs. Help! Thanks, Joanne

  • dianewilliams1961
    Apr 24, 2013

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  • cstibley
    Mar 22, 2013

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  • cnymom
    Feb 12, 2013

    These cookies were excellent! I made my batch with raspberry preserves. I made an error following the recipe, I dipped the whole cookie in the egg & water and rolled the whole cookie in the coconut-instead of just the tops. We're coconut fans so it wasn't a problem & I think it even added to the already great recipe! I will definitely make these again.