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Simple Thumbprint Cookies

These simple thumbprint cookies are soft, buttery, and pair perfectly with fruit filling. You can use any kind of jelly or fruit preserve for these cookies, you could also fill them with chocolate or caramel. These make great cookies to share for the holidays or to serve for gatherings. Needing only 7 ingredients and no chill time, these cookies are truly simple to make!

These soft, buttery cookies can be filled with any type of fruit filling

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  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg Yolks
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Fruit Preserves

Instructions for the simple thumbprint cookies:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, spray or line a cookie sheet, set aside. 

In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Add in the egg yolks one at a time, and the vanilla, mix until smooth. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt, mix until a dough forms.

Using a cookie scoop or measuring tablespoon, measure out the cookie dough, roll into balls, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Use your thumb to press an indentation into each ball of cookie dough. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of preserves onto each cookie.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, the cookies will be soft and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Simple Thumbprint Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Fruit Cookies, Shortbread, Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $
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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks. room temperature
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 oz Fruit preserves of choice

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, spray or line a cookie sheet, set aside. 
  • In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Add in the egg yolks one at a time, and the vanilla, mix until smooth. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt, mix until a dough forms.
  • Using a cookie scoop or measuring tablespoon, measure out the cookie dough, roll into balls, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Use your thumb to press an indentation into each ball of cookie dough. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of preserves onto each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, the cookies will be soft and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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