An Old Favourite

October 25, 2013

Friday night is almost here and I’m looking forward to our Movie and Pizza night.  We are going to be watching The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  We didn’t have our Movie and Pizza night last week as we hosted a little dinner party.  One of our guest’s brought us a bag of apples picked from her daughter’s orchards and a jar of homemade strawberry jam. Ron has been enjoying the crisp sweet apples so much that he asked me not to bake with them, just leave them for him to snack on.  So, apple pies, turnovers or crisps will not be coming out of my oven anytime soon but something smaller and just as tasty did come out of my oven, thanks to that wonderful jar of homemade jam from Lynne.

Baked Thumprint Cookies with Home Made Strawberry Jam and Rolled in Toasted Pecans

These are not a new cookie by any means and I’m sure you have your own recipe for them.  I just hadn’t made these cookies in years and for the life of me I just can’t tell you why.  I do love them (meaning I can eat a lot at one sitting!)  They are kinda cute and make for a lovely little tidbit with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee.  They are so easy to make too!  You can do as I did and fill them with homemade jam or you can use jelly, chocolate, custard, whatever you like.

Thumbprint Cookies Ready to Bake with Home Made Strawberry Jam and Toasted Pecans

I remember the first time I had one of these little goodies.  I was in Newfoundland, way back in the mid 70′s  and my (ex) sister-in-law brought a large plate full of these over to the house.  They almost melted in my mouth and I loved the rich buttery taste.  I think you will too.

Thumbprint Cookies filled with Home Made Strawberry Jam and Rolled in Chopped Toasted Pecans

Thumbprint Cookies (slightly adapted from Joy of Baking)


1/2 cup of cold salted butter cut into cubes (if using unsalted butter add 1/8 teaspoon of salt to the flour)

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 large egg (separated)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (Joy of Baking calls for pure vanilla extract)

1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract (My addition…yum!)

1 cup of unbleached flour (Joy of Baking calls for all purpose flour)

3/4 cup of finely chopped toasted pecans (Joy of Baking also suggests walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds)

1/4 cup of homemade jam (nothings better than your friend’s homemade jam but substitute if you must)


Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg yolk, vanilla bean paste and pure almond extract until combined.  Add the flour until just combined.  Roll batter into small balls (approx. 1″).  Dip balls fully in egg white and roll in chopped toasted pecans until covered.  Place on cookie sheet about 1″ apart.  Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each cookie ball.  Fill the centers with your homemade jam (or your preference of filling).  Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  I baked mine for 13 minutes.

The above only makes a small batch (20 cookies) so if you are taking to a gathering, you may want to double the ingredients.  If making just for yourself the original yield of 20 should be fine.  Ha!  Who am I kidding…double the batch :)

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara | Creative Culinary October 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

One of my favorites but it’s been years for me too Paula…now why is that. Thanks for the reminder or no thanks…for the craving! :)

Have a good weekend Paula! XOXO


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Thanks Barb, hope you are enjoying a nice weekend as well. Tell me, did you give into the craving :)


Sharon October 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I have never made them, but do enjoy their taste! Your jam looks tasty on its own.


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Sharon. The jam is delicious on its own and it is delicious in these cookies. I hope you make them sometime. Very nice to serve with your favourite hot beverage.


Sue {munchkin munchies} October 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The tried and true are always the best:) Thumbprint cookies are yummy, especially with homemade jam!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen October 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm



The Bearfoot Baker October 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thumbprint cookies are SOOO GOODDD!! I think yours look incredible and I want to make them for a friend who loves all things cookies. TFS!


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I really enjoyed the subtle almond flavour Lisa. I think I’ll always use the pure almond extract when baking these cookies.


Hani@Haniela's October 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

I love thumbprint cookies! So good!
I agree, homemade jam is the best!


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Lynne’s homemade jam is simply delicious Hani. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen October 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

How nice that you have friends that bring you homemade jam and apples! I doubt I could resist the temptation to bake with at least a few of those apples. Either way, sounds like Ron is one happy camper. Those are some great looking cookies! YUM!


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The apples and jam were a lovely hostess gift and we are certainly enjoying both. Thanks for visiting Renee :)


Jacquee October 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

These look/sound so good! Odd, I don’t remember ever having thumbprint cookies – EVER!! The recipe seems nice and simple and has a number of flavours I like – must give them a try.


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I was in my twenties before I tasted my first one Jacquee! I hope you try the recipe as I think you will really enjoy the cookies.


CCU October 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thumbprint cookies are actually the best, so delicious and classic :D

Choc Chip Uru


Paula October 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

They are really a great cookie aren’t they! I really don’t know why I don’t bake them more often.


Monet October 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm

These are some of my favorites. I’ve made them for as long as I can remember but they taste better each time! Thanks for reminding me to make them again Paula!


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) October 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I know these cookies well! My mother made them every year for Christmas, but always, always filled with raspberry jam and rolled in walnuts. She called them Swedish Pastries. Not sure where her recipe even came from.


Joan - My Cookie Clinic October 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Paula, I love Thumbprint Cookies. My mother made these every year at Christmastime except with grape jelly. Back then, it was the only jelly us kids would eat. Now I’ve got a craving and I will definitely be baking them this Christmas. Thanks for bringing back a childhood memory.


Paula October 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

These are my kids’ favorite Christmas cookies. But I’ve never tried them with jelly. Now if I can just get a friend to make me some homemade jelly, I will do it.


Mike @ Semi Sweet November 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I recently watched The Heat on a plane ride and found it funny and entertaining. I’m a huge Melissa McCarthy fan. These cookies look delicious! I’ve never got around to making thumbprint cookies, but I love it each time someone else makes them around the holidays. :)


Lora December 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I have fun making thumbprint cookies because you can get so creative with adding flavors to the batter, what you fill them with and add ing nuts, seeds or decorations to the sides. The look like jewels. Yum!


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