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Six Thumbprint cookies filled in the center with jam.

Almond Thumbprint Cookies filled with Jam


Almond Thumbprint Cookies filled with Jam are so versatile. With a delicious base, you can add any type of jam to vary the flavors. These cookies were once my mom's Almond Christmas Crescents which I made for years. Now I make them into round thumbprint cookies - less work and less time!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks, room temperature) butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of chopped almonds (you could use pecans or walnuts or any combo)
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 5 Tablespoons of your favorite jam like Mixed Red Berry Jam Click to order online from our shop


  1. Measure out ingredients, including sifting the flour, and chopping the almonds if not chopped already
  2. Preheat oven for 350F
  3. Cream the butter, add sugar, and salt, in a large bowl, until fluffy
  4. Add vanilla and nuts, and blend flour slowly into mix
  5. Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and push center down with thumb
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Set timer for 10 minutes, open oven and carefully use the back of a teaspoon measuring spoon to push the hole down again. Then continue baking for another 8-10 minutes.
  7. Spoon Mixed Red Berry Jam into the center of each cookie as soon as you take them out of the oven.


  • Heat jam for 10 seconds in the microwave to loosen it up, and stir before dropping on cookies
  • Variations: Use your favorite flavored jam; or when fully cooled, roll in powdered sugar
  • Time Saver: Preheat the oven after the batter is mixed, before forming the cookies; Prepare 2 sheets at a time (4 total) so 2 are baking while two are being prepared.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: almond crescents, almond cookies, christmas cookies, holiday cookies, thumbprints

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