Grandma’s Christmas Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
November 3, 2019

Grandma’s Christmas Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Thumbprint cookie recipe for Christmas? Absolutely. In fact, it can’t actually BE Christmas without these delectable buttery raspberry filled treats! Today for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration we’ve got some delicious cookie recipes for your family to try. Who knows….you just might discover new family tradition!

Christmas Thumbprint cookie recipe

Thumbprint Cookie Ingredients

Real simple ingredients for Christmas thumbprint cookie recipe

Now you probably know I’m a HUGE fan of healthy party foods. Normally, but THIS recipe is not so healthy! Although I do enjoy the splurge because it has just a handful of real ingredients. Choose whole organic foods when you can, otherwise substitute the best you can. See the full recipe at the end of this post for a few nutrition upgrade suggestions.

Roll Cookie Dough into Balls

After mixing up the cookie dough it’ll be stiff and easy to form into 1-1/2″ balls. I recently discovered the ease of cookie dough scoops for keeping the size of my cookies consistent. It’s something I struggled with and now they are beautifully uniform in size. Although for this novice baker, they might still have character!

Coat in Sesame Seeds

Rolling cookie dough in sesame seeds

Omit these at your own risk. My kids weren’t too sure about them at first but the cookies just don’t taste right without them! I purchase mine in the bulk foods section of our local grocery store and it’s a lot more affordable than the tiny spice containers. You will go through A LOT of these.

Thumbprint Time

Creating thumbprint in Christmas cookies

After the balls are all covered in sesame seeds, now it is the favorite activity….the thumbprint. Get the kids involved here. They love squishing cookies down and making little “ponds” as my son calls them! The stiff dough may crack around the edges, if so, just press the cracks together and gently reform with your fingers.

*If they are really cracking, add a little water or milk to the dough for easier handling. 

Fill With Raspberry Jam

Add raspberry jam to thumbprint cookies

Now that you’ve got your “pond” it’s time to fill it up! Any preserves will work, but it’s not a proper Christmas cookie without the raspberry jam! Now, homemade raspberry jam is my favorite but in a pinch Smucker’s makes a pretty good Simply Fruit that is whole fruit sweetened with fruit juice. I realize that the juice is also sugary but I avoid added white sugar when possible.

Bake Til Golden 

Christmas Thumbprint cookie recipe

Bake these yummies until the jam melts into the “pond”, but before they start to brown. Like ALL cookies, these are best eaten warm out of the oven but when stored in a covered container they’ll stay soft and delicious for a week if they manage to last that long!

Serve Thumbprint Cookies and Enjoy!

Christmas Thumbprint cookies

These are the cookies we leave out for Santa every year, enjoy at Christmas dinner, and give neighbors. They are a taste of my childhood and I’m hoping my kiddos will look back on them just as fondly in the years to come.

Perfect for Cookie Exchange

Thumbprint cookies at a Christmas cookie exchange

They are different from the cookies we usually have and that makes them feel more special. I loved serving them at my Christmas Cookie Exchange Party last year and sent them home with all my friends. If you’ve never tried these, they are a little like short bread cookies but soft. I’m not a big fan of cookies that are crunchy. Warm and soft cookies are pretty hard to beat!

If you decide to give my Grandma’s Christmas Thumbprint cookie recipe a try I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @partieswithacause

Pin it for Later

Thumbprint cookie recipe

For More Delicious Christmas Cookies

No Bake S’mores Bar Recipe from Bella Grey Designs

No bake s'mores bar recipe on clear plate

Pecan Butterscotch Cookies from Jordan’s Easy Entertaining

Pecan Buttersctoch cookie recipe

Join us for the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION

If you are just joining us, welcome! Here’s what you missed:

  1. DIY Christmas Ornament: Golden Snitch Ornament DIY
  2. Christmas Cookie Recipe: Grandma’s Thumbprint Cookies

Until next time my friend,

Nice To Meet You!

Gingerbread houses in a row as table runner centerpiece for a Christmas Cookie Exchange PartyI’m Bri of Parties With A Cause. I’m a mother to three crazy awesome kids, interior designer, & party planning junky. I love reading, globe trotting, and frozen yogurt. And I’m elevating the party experience one cause at a time! Read More

For Your Next Par-TEA

As Seen On

Copyright

I love it when you share! Please keep in mind that all images and text on this site are property of Parties With A Cause. Feel free to use one or two photos provided that a link back to my original post is included. Please do not remove any watermarks, crop, or edit any of my images without first obtaining written permission from me. All free printables offered are for personal use only. Purchased printables will come with their own terms of use. Pinning is always welcome and appreciated! Thank you!

Pin It on Pinterest