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Buttery Soft Jam Thumbprint Cookies

posted by Melissa Huggins December 14, 2016 35 Comments
It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the festive spirit!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies – the combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the festive spirit!


Ok, I’m back, and as promised, I’m presenting these jam-filled, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies right in time for the holidays.

They are buttery-soft, sweet and a little tart. Who can resist such cute, colorful and powdery deliciousness? I sure can’t!

These homemade delights are perfect for gift giving

There’s just something so special about a handmade gift. They are unique, fun and bring tons of smiles.

This year I’ll be handing out my Vegan Thumbprint Cookies, these Snowmen Meringue Cookies, my super hydrating Body Butter and this Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub. I have a few more up my sleeve and I’ll be sharing them next week with you guys.

Another great thing about DIY gifts is that they are inexpensive and most can be made for less than $5. You can surprise your hair cutter, postal worker, neighbor, co-worker, landscaper or mechanic.

You can also drop off gifts at a local homeless shelter, children’s hospital or give to a stranger who needs a little love. Homemade gifts really come from the heart and the receiver will truly feel special.

The best thing – you can make a batch for yourself, too! Yep, you can “feed two birds with one scone” with these delicious & festive treats.

I’m sure Santa would appreciate them, too 😉

It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the festive spirit!Going to a holiday party & don’t want to be empty-handed?

Bring these easy Vegan Thumbprint Cookies along!

With the holidays around the corner, various celebrations can pop up out of nowhere (no complaints here). Desserts and treats alike, are quick and easy things to bring to your host and will be so appreciated.

Hosting a party can be stressful, so the more helping-hands, the better. These classic festive cookies will definitely win over the guests and make your host happy.

Besides being easy on the host of the party, these tasty little treats are easy on you, too. You’ll need simple ingredients like vegan butter, all-purpose flour, sugar, jam, baking powder, salt, powdered sugar, vanilla & almond extract.

Together these ingredients will create soft, buttery & sweet cookies that nobody can resist!

I used a cookie cutter, but you can just roll the dough into little balls to make your cookies. Then just put your signature thumbprint in each one and fill with your favorite jam. Easy-peasy!

It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the holiday spirit!
Perfect for family time

These Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are one of the best treats to make with your family. Your kiddos can press their tiny thumbprints in the cookies, and put their favorite jam in as well.

Everyone will have their own special cookie to enjoy. It’s a great tradition to start each holiday season with those you love.

The kids(or the kid-in-you) can enjoy these with vegan milk, or homemade hot cocoa. You might like them with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

Oh heck, it’s the time of year to celebrate, go grab that “special” eggnog instead. And don’t forget the never-ending Christmas tunes to go along with everything 😉

It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the holiday spirit! These cookies are definitely worth trying out this year. Whether they are for a thoughtful gift, holiday party or quality family time, they will help bring everyone together & spread holiday cheer.

Who couldn’t smile when they bite into one of these? They have the essence of comfort, winter & joy all wrapped in one.

I love making these cookies every year. They’re simple, fun, and the end result is a delicious, comforting taste.

They’re the perfect treat to put together last-minute, or when you’re itching to bake for the holidays. The rich, buttery shortbread topped with a sweet, natural fruit jam is almost addictive.

Are you ready to bring on the festivities? Let’s get started!

It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the holiday spirit!

I’d love to hear from you

If you make these Vegan Thumbprint Cookies, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

 

 

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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies ~ the combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the festive spirit!

 

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It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the festive spirit!
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Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
It’s not the holidays unless there’s some jam-filled Vegan Thumbprint Cookies floating around. The combination of delicious jam, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, and sweet powdered sugar will help you bring on the holiday spirit!
Course: Dessert
Recipe Type: Vegan
Servings: 20
Calories: 116 kcal
Author: Melissa | Vegan Huggs
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan sugar
  • 3/4 cup softened vegan butter (I prefer stick butter)
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk , or any plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/3 cup store-bought or homemade jam. (I used cranberry sauce & apricot jam)
  • *Optional: powdered sugar for sprinkling (about 3 tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking powder, combine well.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the butter & sugar, until light & fluffy. Now add almond milk, vanilla extract & almond extract, combine well.
  5. Add flour mixture slowly into the wet, & combine until dough is formed. Don't overwork the dough. If the dough is too sticky, add a teaspoon of flour. If your dough is really soft, roll into a large ball & cover with cling wrap & put in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Lightly flour your work surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick, and use a round cookie cutter to cut out each cookie shape. Place on baking sheet.

  7. Press your thumb in the middle, while dough is still in cookie cutter (I cheated & used the top of my Cholula hot sauce cap). This will provide more uniform results (Alternatively, you can skip the cookie cutter & roll the dough into small balls. Slightly flatten on the baking sheet, and press an imprint with your thumb). Space cookies about 1 inch apart on baking sheet.

  8. Whisk jam together for a smoother consistency. Fill each thumbprint with about a a 1/4 teaspoon (or more) of jam. Smooth out jam with the back of a spoon or damp finger.
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on cooling rack 10-15 minutes. *Optional: Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of cookies using a mesh strainer (*see note). Store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

*Prep time doesn't include chilling time.

 

*This recipe makes about 40 cookies that have a diameter of about 2 inches.


* TIP: if you don't want powdered sugar on the jam, cut a little circle from a piece of parcment or wax paper. Place it on top of the jam before sprinkling on sugar. You can reuse the circle for each cookie.

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 Cookies)
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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35 Comments

Jenn December 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

I want to shove them all in my mouth! They look so yummy!! Melt in your mouth good with that sweet jam center and all the powdered sugar. YUM!!

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Melissa Huggins December 19, 2016 at 10:11 am

Thank you, Jenn! I’ve already eaten a good amount. Recipe testing is serious business 😉

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Dianne's Vegan Kitchen December 15, 2016 at 6:58 pm

I haven’t had much time to bake this holiday season. I hope I can get some done next week. These cookies will be at the top of my list, if i do!

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Melissa Huggins December 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

It’s been hectic here, too. I was hoping to get my gingerbread cookies up, but it looks like I’ll be saving them for next year. 🙂

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Mary Ellen @ VNutrition December 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

These look delicious! They’d be a perfect gift for someone at the holidays.

PS – You always have the nicest pictures too!

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Melissa Huggins December 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

Thank you, Mary Ellen! I gifted myself a bit too many 😉

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Becky Striepe December 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

These look like perfection! Thumbprint cookies will forever remind me of my Nani Dorothy. She always had some around when my sister and I would go to her house for a visit.

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Melissa Huggins December 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

Thank you, Becky! I love childhood memories like that. So special to have. 🙂

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Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day December 16, 2016 at 9:22 pm

These cookies are gorgeous! You are such a talented baker, Melissa!

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Melissa Huggins December 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Thank you, Amy! They really are so simple to make. 🙂

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Sarah December 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm

I love your trick for making them so uniform! I’ve always done the ball and squish method, but I’ll try yours next time because they look like they came straight out of a bakery!!!

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm

Thank you, Sarah. These are my favorite cookies to make (and eat 😉 )

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Cadry December 18, 2016 at 7:38 am

Oh, these look so pretty and delicate! I’d be happy to see them on the holiday cookie tray, that’s for sure.

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Thank you, Cadry! 🙂

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Ginny McMeans December 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm

What a wonderful cookie recipe. They looks so festive and sound so good.

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm

Thank you, Ginny! These are my favorite holiday cookies 🙂

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12 Bloggers' Favorite Christmas Movies & Vegan Treats - VNutrition December 19, 2016 at 7:51 am

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Mel | avirtualvegan.com December 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

They look so delicious Melissa. Really festive too. Your photographs are so pretty! I would quite happily eat an entire batch ;O)

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Melissa Huggins January 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Thank you, Mel! I’m guilty of doing that 😉

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Francesca December 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

Hello Melissa! Thank you so much for being part of my “20 gifts you can make this holiday season” roundup
at https://sevenroses.net/2016/12/20-gifts-can-make-holiday-season/
Happy holidays! ♥

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Melissa Huggins December 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Hi Francesca, There are so many wonderful ideas on there. Thank you for including my cookies 🙂

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Dean August 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Just made these for my bake-off at work and they are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Great recipe

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Melissa Huggins August 3, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Hi Dean, thank you for making them and for sharing your feedback. I haven’t been to a bake-off in so long. They are so much fun!Enjoy! 🙂

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Michele November 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

Can I make them with gluten free flour, or almond flour?
My daughter is gluten free.

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Melissa Huggins November 16, 2017 at 8:15 am

Hi Michele, I haven’t tried this particular recipe with any other flour. I’d imagine it would work, but every flour is different so I would need to experiment. I think I may have to do that now. Either way, I would add 2 flax eggs to a GF cookie recipe. Just mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 5 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes until it gels up a bit. I wish I could be more help. I’ll let you know if I try it. I’d love to hear if you try them too. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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A November 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

I live in a country with no vegan butter. Would a vegetable oil work? Any ideas for substitutions? Thank you for any help!

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Melissa Huggins November 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

Can you get coconut oil? That would be my next choice.

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Sally December 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

I made these last night. They were fantastic! Exactly how I would want a thumbprint to taste. Definitely happy to find an excellent replacement for my old non-vegan recipe.

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Melissa Huggins December 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

Hi Sally! Thank you for making them! I’m happy they worked out for you. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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Rikk Wednesdays December 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

Made these for a largely non-vegan crowd last night, and then got rave reviews. I used full fat coconut milk. Thanks so much!

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Melissa Huggins December 13, 2017 at 8:28 am

This is wonderful to hear! Thank you for making them and sharing your feedback. So happy everyone loved them. Must’ve been fabulous with the coconut milk. I know what I’m trying next time. 🙂

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Serena December 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

I made these and they turned out awful. I used whole wheat flour. The dough didn’t stick together at all, I had to add more almond milk to get it to form. They still didn’t work very well and the jam melted all out of most of them. I’m not a novice baker either. Not sure what happened, but this recipe failed miserably.

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Melissa Huggins December 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Hi Serena, I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you, but the recipe calls for all-purpose flour NOT whole wheat. That will make a big difference and the reason why the recipe failed miserably. This recipe has been made many times without incident. The one-star review is not a fair vote when the recipe wasn’t followed correctly.

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Sarah December 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm

I’m gonna make these tonight! They look amazing.

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Melissa Huggins December 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Hi Sarah! Thank you so much! Enjoy 🙂

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