Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Cookie #5: Iced Shortbread Thumbprints

I get more requests for this cookie recipe than any other cookie I have ever made. And, I am so proud of this recipe because it is the very first cookie recipe that I developed on my own.

It's hard to explain what's so good about them - they're just buttery and soft and a little bit sweet and a little bit tart and well - you're just gonna have to try them to know what I mean.

They are incredibly simple to make, but 100% homemade - and with ingredients that you always have in the fridge and pantry. You can give them an upscale touch by using specialty preserves (I used peach preserves and crushed strawberry preserves in these), or you can keep them really easy and simple by using plain ol' jelly.

These cookies are so much fun to make with kids because they can help make the "thumbprint" with their precious little fingers.

Our lesson: Just like each one of our cookies is a little bit different, no one else in the whole world has my same "thumbprint". God made me special in my very own and unique ways.

Iced Shortbread Thumbprints
my own recipe...

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup preserves

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together using handheld or stand mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour until soft dough forms.

Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to rest on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to cooling racks or waxed paper.

In a small bowl, mix together confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over warm cookies.


  1. These were our very favorite cookies of the ones you posted last year. I'll be making them again soon!

  2. this is one of josh's favorite kind of cookies! i remember when you first posted it a couple of years ago. we love it, too, that we always have the ingredients on hand.


  3. these look so lovely! I make something very similar it is a British recipe called lemon jewels and it uses lemon curd (which is a pain to find states side) and I adapted it for a Kids party by making peanut butter cookie dough for peanut butter and jelly jewels.

  4. I bake a similar recipe and they are one of my favorites! My favorite filling is apricot preserves (Polaner All Fruit).

  5. My stepbrother and stepsister ask about these cookies every time I see them!

  6. We definitely made these for quite a few occasions last year...tea parties! They are excellent with a cup of tea and look so dainty and fancy!

  7. I want to try these with the blueberry preserves!!!

  8. I think I am going to give these a try today... I am supposed to bring cookies to the homeschool christmas party tomorrow. These sound delicious! The only downfall is I am not sure I want to give them away!

  9. YUM! Boy, am I eying these! I bet making them with lemon curd would be delicious...I think I might have to add another recipe to next week's baking plan. There really aren't enough days in December for all the baking I want to do!

  10. Okay, so I just made these (with lemon curd) and they instantly made it into my list of favorite cookies. YUM! The dough's pretty delicious, too.