Jam thumbprint cookies : Shortbread thumbprint cookies

by Dec 26, 2017

In this video tutorial I show you how to bake these simple and delicious jam thumbprint cookies. These shortbread thumbprint cookies have a shortbread kind or texture and melt in the mouth. The cookies are baked in the oven with jam in the middle. You can use your thumb or any other finger to make a ‘well for your jam.

The cookies are similar to a Swedish pastry called Hallongrotta (plural: hallongrottor) . The name means “Raspberry cave” in Swedish. In the United States they are known as thumbprint cookies.

The cornflour in this recipe makes them soft and melt in the mouth kind of cookies. You can just some icing sugar on top or make some of this powdered sugar icing to decorate the top.


  • 225g butter
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 115g cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • raspberry jam, strawberry jam or any other jam of your choice

To decorate

  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius
  • Prepare a baking tray
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl and add the vanilla extract
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it looks crumbly
  • Use your hands to make some small dough balls and place on a cookie tray
  • Use your thumb to make wells in the centre, then use a teaspoon to put a spoonful of jam in the middle.
  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until slightly brown around the edges. When they are baked leave them on the baking tray for about 5 minutes and then remove them and put on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Dust some icing sugar on them when they are cool (optional)
  • You can also try out these easy lemon shortbread cookies


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