4 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

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4 ingredient thumbprint cookies
I am a procrastinator to the core, but I had signed up for a holiday cookie swap, so I knew I had to act fast. Briefly browsing the internet, I came across a great recipe for easy thumbprint cookies that only used 4 ingredients, and I happened to have them all on hand.  Score!  Here is my adaptation of that recipe.
First, gather up your ingredients.  You’ll need just 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 cups flour, 2 sticks of butter (1 cup), and the jam, jelly, or marmalade of your choice.

I began by melting my sticks of butter in a bowl in the microwave.  This took about 55 seconds.  Then, I dumped the butter into a larger mixing bowl and added the 1/2 cup of sugar.  I simply whisked this together by hand.  You are certainly welcome to cream it in a mixer, but I have mine packed away somewhere, so I did it by hand.

Next, I mixed in the 2 cups of flour.  Again, you can use your mixer or mix by hand like I did.  Your mixture will become a light, crumbly, soft dough that will be easy to shape into balls.

I shaped the dough into teaspoon to tablespoon sized balls and placed on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Due to the high butter content, additional grease is unnecessary!  I found that the sooner I worked with the dough balls, the easier they were to shape and work with, as warmer dough was more flexible.  We made thumbprints on each of the balls and filled each well with our favorite fillings, which were fig jam and raspberry fruit spread.

We then baked them in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  Yes, it’s a large range, but your oven may cook this differently!  You should be watching for the edges to turn just the slightest bit golden.  Once they’ve reached that color on the edges, they are done!  Ours took around 13 minutes.
Cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove to continue cooling on wire racks.  Enjoy!

This recipe makes an impressive finished product and uses the most common ingredients ever!  It is a no muss, no fuss creation that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  The light, buttery cookies will be a hit with children and adults alike!

Thumbprint Cookies 

1 cup butter (melted)

1/2 cup white sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

Jam, Jelly, or Marmalade


Preheat oven to 350.

Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer or whisk by hand.

Add flour and mix with mixer or by hand.

Dough will be soft and crumbly.

By the teaspoonful, shape into round balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.

Make thumbprints in each dough ball and fill with your favorite jam, jelly, or marmalade.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the edges are beginning to turn a golden brown.

Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Written by:: Jenn

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  1. says

    I love such recipies. I am not a well organised type and rarely have more than basic things in the kitchen…therefore this recipe goes straight to my “easy to live with” recipies! 🙂 thanks!

  2. Karen Medlin says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe.. this one will one I like to get the kids to help me with while on their winter break

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