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Raspberry thumbprint cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet

Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

This thumbprint cookie recipe is a classic holiday recipe! The cookies are made with cream cheese for a smooth and soft texture and then stuffed with sweet raspberry jam
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, raspberry thumbprint cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Sam Adler


For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese 1/2 cup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk


To make the cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • You can use a hand mixer, stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or make this recipe by hand. In the bowl combine the 1 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Cream on low speed or mix by hand until foamy and light. Add the 1/4 cup cream cheese, egg yolk, and 2 tsp vanilla and cream again.
  • Add the 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp kosher salt and mix until the dough forms. Scoop out the dough using a small cookie scoop or using a kitchen spoon and roll into a ball. Line the cookies up on the baking sheet 1 1/2" apart. Wet your thumb and press it into the cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. The cookies may puff up slightly. You can press your thumb down again into the cookies to create more of a thumbprint. Be careful, they are hot! Warm up the jam for 30 seconds in the microwave. Spoon 1/2 tsp jam into each cookie.

For the Glaze

  • Combine the 2 tbsp cream cheese with 1/3 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tbsp milk. Whisk until a smooth glaze forms. Line the cookies up on a cookie sheet and drizzle the glaze all over the cookies.


You can use any kind of jam for the filling
The cookies should not crack, if they do just press the dough back together.


Nutrition Facts
Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 327IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.