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Easy Thumbprint Cookies with Blueberry Lemon Jam

Easy to make and delicious! These thumbprint cookies are filled with a perfect pool of decadent blueberry lemon homemade jam.

This thumbprint cookie recipe is the perfect combination of shortbread and jelly. Perfect for gatherings or a Christmas cookie exchange.

Easy Blueberry Lemon Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Our mom has always been obsessed with thumbprint cookies. There is a grocery store in her hometown in Idaho that she loves to visit just to get her hands on her favorite kind.

I mean, I guess I get the appeal. They are basically like little cookie bowls that hold frosting! What’s not to love?

However, my first choice in baked good is almost always something chocolatey, so they were never really my first choice.

Then the other day at my local farmer’s market I tasted the most delectable jam thumbprint cookies filled with a perfect pool of decadent homemade jam. I died!

Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Those jam thumbprint cookies were so moist and sweet and light, and the flavors of the jam were insanely delicious. Those babies easily converted me to my mother’s thumbprint worship and I knew I had to recreate them.

The most important factor in making this thumbprint cookie recipe especially mouthwatering is the homemade jam. Something from the store just won’t cut it!

I decided to use a blueberry lemon jam recipe I love, because I was able to get some end-of-season blueberries for a great deal. It is so easy to make. Plus, the flavors of lemon and blueberry are so good with these simple and amazing cookies.

Here’s how to make it these jam thumbprint cookies. You’ll be forever changed – I promise.

Jam Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

For the Jam

Ingredients

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • 6 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2 (3-oz) envelopes liquid fruit pectin, (Ball Realfruit)

You’re also going to need seven (8-oz) canning jars and lids.

Directions

  1. Prepare jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In a large saucepan (over high heat) add blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir frequently while bringing to a rolling boil.
  3. Stir in pectin and continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Skim any foam if necessary, and ladle into the hot prepared jars. Be sure to leave at least a 1/4” space at the top of the jar.
  5. Place the cap on the jars and process for another 15 minutes in a canner with boiling water. Makes 7 jars.

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (11.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces (or so) Blueberry Lemon Jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a light or medium-colored heavy-weight baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla extract. Add flour and salt and mix until just incorporated and dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon, leaving an indentation in the center.
  5. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are just barely golden. Remove baking sheet from oven.
  6. If indentations look shallow, further define them with the back of a spoon and then fill each with approximately 1/2 teaspoon jam.
  7. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
Blueberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies laid out on a wire rack

Get the printable homemade blueberry jam recipe here:

Yield: 56 oz

Lemon Blueberry Jam Recipe

Lemon blueberry jam thumbprint cookies stacked on a plate

This quick and easy blueberry jam recipe is so easy to make, with only four ingredients! The hint of lemon gives it a unique and delicious flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • 6 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons, (zested and juiced)
  • 3 ounces liquid fruit pectin, (2 envelopes)

Instructions

  1. Prepare jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In a large saucepan (over high heat) add blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir frequently while bringing to a rolling boil.
  3. Stir in pectin and continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Skim any foam if necessary, and ladle into the hot prepared jars. Be sure to leave at least a 1/4” space at the top of the jar.
  5. Place the cap on the jars and process for another 15 minutes in a canner with boiling water. Pull out and let cool. Makes 7 jars.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

56

Serving Size:

2 T

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 25gSugar: 24g

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Then get the printable thumbprint cookie recipe here:

Yield: 24 cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Blueberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies laid out on a wire rack

Easy to make and delicious! These thumbprint cookies are filled with a perfect pool of decadent blueberry lemon homemade jam. This thumbprint cookie recipe is the perfect combination of shortbread and jelly. Perfect for gatherings or a Christmas cookie exchange.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, (2 sticks, unsalted, room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar, (granulated)
  • 1 large egg yolk(s)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz blueberry jam, (recipe above)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a light or medium-colored heavy-weight baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla extract. Add flour and salt and mix until just incorporated and dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon, leaving an indentation in the center.
  5. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are just barely golden. Remove baking sheet from oven.
  6. If indentations look shallow, further define them with the back of a spoon and then fill each with approximately 1/2 teaspoon jam.
  7. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 20gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a rating or share a photo on Pinterest!

These are the most delectable thumbprint cookies filled with a perfect pool of decadent blueberry lemon homemade jam. They are so moist and light!

Don’t they look so delicious? You are going to LOVE this thumbprint cookie recipe. Plus, they are a perfect go to for all seasons because they are so adaptable!

You can use any flavor of jam for whatever is in season to make them festive for gatherings!

The possibilities are endless with these jam thumbprint cookies. They are so good I have to store them out of eyesight so that I don’t go completely crazy and devour them all.

Easy to make thumbprint cookies
Make these blueberry jam filled thumbprint cookies
Lemon blueberry jam thumbprint cookies stacked on a plate

Are you a thumbprint fan? What’s your favorite variety? I’d love to hear! And be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls.

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