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Thumbprint Butter Cookies

These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats. Fill the thumbprint in the center with any fruit preserves you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons apricot or other fruit preserves


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg, oil, vanilla and butter flavoring. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Bake until edges are light brown, 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Fill with preserves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 75 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • elainek51
    Nov 13, 2020

    Have made these cookies for two separate weddings & they are delicious. I put the jam in thumbprints before I baked them. Very good. Don't hesitate to try.

  • Beapaczkowski
    Nov 28, 2018

    I haven’t made these cookies yet, but when I do I will add preserves before I bake them, as I do with my other thumbprint cookies...

  • lvarner
    Nov 2, 2018

    This is a great recipe for a holiday cookie tray. The cookies are so pretty, and I love varying the flavor of the preserves to add flavor and color variety. They taste really good too!

  • zeena
    Jun 19, 2018

    hii excellent recipe i made this before, i will try this one

  • shandan23
    Dec 10, 2013

    very good cookies! can be made into smaller balls of dough on cookie sheets, i used my metal tsp bottom to make the holes in the middle, works better but you need to do it again halfway through baking. They look beautiful when filled with your favorite jams! i used my homemade freezer jam! Will definately be a keeper in my house!

  • Heather940
    Apr 27, 2013

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  • SusanKR
    Dec 11, 2012

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  • kleescraga
    Dec 16, 2011

    Delicious cookies. The recipe didn't mention the necessity to chill prior to rolling, but my dough was so soft I had to refrigerate for about an hour. I didn't know if the finished cookies would need to be refrigerated, but I did anyway just to be safe. This recipe is definitely a keeper for us, but I would like to know if final refrigeration is necessary.

  • imacookingirl
    Dec 21, 2010

    Absolutely fantastic!!!!! I made a batch to take to my teacher and all of them were impressed!!! Even the Home Ec teacher said they were marvelous!!!!!

  • trilletsub
    Dec 20, 2010

    Since finding this in the magazine it has become a yearly favorite!