One of my favourite holiday cookies growing up was what we called a Jam Thumbprint cookie. Without fail, my mom made them every Christmas. And, even before we became moms ourselves, my sister and I added Jam Thumbprints to our holiday recipe file. Today, they are still one of my favourite Christmas cookies. Each year, the three of us contribute a selection of our best holiday baking to share with the rest of the family on Christmas Day, and we all include our own version of the Jam Thumbprint cookie.
I didn’t choose to include this cookie in our SavvyMom bake-off for nostalgic reasons alone. At first glance, rolling the dough into balls may seem quite labour-intensive, but in all honesty, Jam Thumbprint cookies are quite simple to make. The name “thumbprint” comes from the action of pressing your thumb into the shortbread-like dough to create space for the jam filling. My kids love to help with this step.
This childhood favourite holiday cookie was well received by the cookie testers at Savvy HQ:”sweet, but not overwhelming. Nice hint of nut, moist, light and delicious.”
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 2 dozen
Prep and Cook
Good to know: unless the recipe calls for salted, always use unsalted butter when baking cookies. I like to use raspberry jam, but any preferred jam or marmalade will do.
What is your favourite holiday cookie?