Tender Jam Thumbprint Cookies + Video
You know those buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, tender, just lightly sweetened sugar cookies that are irresistible? These cookies are that.
Only these jam thumbprint cookies don't have any butter in them. And they're filled with jam in their centers. And they're a bit thicker and are shaped differently than a classic sugar cookie. But otherwise, they're identical to those irresistible sugar cookies.
But before I go on, feel free to watch the video I made for these tender jam thumbprint cookies. Here you go:
Or, watch it on Youtube.
So what makes these jam thumbprint cookies so tender?
Probably the fact that they're made with confectioner's sugar as opposed to granulated sugar. The powdered sugar is what gives these cookies that crumbly, tender, melt-in-your-mouth, are-you-sure-there's-no-butter-in-these-cookies?? amazingness. Even when only plain old canola slash vegetable oil is used in these cookies.
Witchcraft, I tell you. Witchcraft.
Wanna hear a riddle? I don't like jam. And I will not eat it. But I really love these jam thumbprint cookies. And how is that? Because I just eat the cookie part all around the jam and discard the jam centers. Immature? Definitely. Do I care? Um, yeah, no.
A lot of questions I just asked in that paragraph. Four of them. But I think I answered those four questions quite sufficiently.
You know what else I don't like about these cookies? Nothing. I don't not like anything else about these cookies. In fact, I LOVE everything else about these cookies. So there.
Did I mention that these thumbprint cookies have only seven ingredients? Aside from the jam, that is. The jam brings the total up to eight.
Here are all the ingredients: oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt. And jam.
So basically, these jam cookies are as simple and easy as cookies come.
And you can use whatever type of jam you'd like for the centers. I used blackberry jam. Because blackberry jam sounded cool. But you can use the classic strawberry or raspberry or apricot or whatever other jam you prefer.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, these cookies are called "thumbprint" cookies because you use your thumb to make a thumbprint in each cookie to get that hollow center to fill with jam.
I know, I know, your mind is blown.
Tender, crumbly, addictive cookies filled with sweet, sticky jam. Made in one bowl in minutes. And out of the oven in eleven minutes. Sweeeeeeeeet.
tender jam thumbprint cookies
Yield: about 30 cookies
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4-2 cups packed flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
About 6 oz. jam of choice
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the oil and confectioner's sugar until smooth.
Add in egg and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth again.
Pour 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt over wet ingredients and stir everything together until just combined. If dough is loose or wettish, add up to 1/4 cup more flour.
Round small pieces of dough between palms and space out onto baking sheets. Indent the center of each cookie with your thumb. Drop jam into the indented centers with a spoon.
Bake cookies for about 11 minutes, or until bottoms are just golden. Let cookies cool and firm up a bit on baking sheets before moving them.