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Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough and filled with your favourite type of jam. These cookies are perfect for the holiday season, valentine’s day, or for any special occasion.

top down shot of jam drop cookies with strawberry jam

There aren’t too many things better than crumbly, melt in your mouth buttery cookies topped with strawberry jam. The best part about this recipe is they are incredibly easy to make with no special equipment.

I actually initially saw these being made in a tiktok video. Small balls rolled in sugar then filled with a little jam seemed like a great idea to me.

Since the holiday season is just around the corner I figured I better brush on my baking skills. If you love Holiday baking you should try my Brownie Crinkle Cookies and my Gluten Free Molasses Cookies.

heart shaped jam cookies stacked on one another on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper

WHAT ARE THUMBPRINT COOKIES?

Jam thumbprints are delicious buttery shortbread cookies filled with strawberry or any other flavor of jam. They are the perfect sweet treat to pair with a cup of tea or coffee.

You can absolutely make your own jam if you like. I find it easier to use storebought strawberry jam, blackberry jam, or raspberry jam in this thumbprint cookie recipe.

Store bought jam tends to have more sugar than actual fruit, causing them to be super sweet rather than fruit forward. I prefer a sweeter jam in these cookies as there isn’t a ton of added granulated sugar.

close up shot of shortbread cookies with jam in a stand mixer

INGREDIENTS FOR THESE HEART-SHAPED JAM COOKIES

You will need the following ingredients listed below to make these chewy cookies (the exact measurements and full recipe are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post):

  • Butter – can substitute for vegan butter to make this recipe vegan. Room temperature butter is best.
  • Granulated sugar – I wouldn’t recommend using brown sugar as a replacement. Stick to white sugar or monk fruit sweetener.
  • Egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract – almond extracts would also probably taste great here if you were out of vanilla extract
  • All-Purpose Flour – a 1:1 gluten free flour blend would most likely work well here. There may just be a bit more cracking in the cookies.
  • Salt – less than 1 tsp salt to bring out all the flavors.
  • Jam – I use strawberry jam but any type of jam will work here!

HOW TO MAKE THE TRADITIONAL THUMBPRINT COOKIE

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large stand mixer using the paddle attachment or large bowl with hand mixer, cream butter and sugar at medium speed for 1-2 minutes. It will begin to get fluffy and will change to a lighter color.

Add the egg yolk and mix well. Then add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.

jam heart cookie recipe in a stand mixer with paddle attachment

Make 12 cookie dough balls and then roll into additional sugar.

jam jam cookie dough in a small pink bowl with granulated sugar

Using the tip of a spoon or your thumb, immediately press the centers of the cookies down in a criss cross to make a small heart shape. If you wait too long to press down the cookies will start to crack.

top down shot of cookie dough balls with small heart shapes in them to fill with strawberry jam

Fill the hearts with jam and bake cookies for 12-15 minutes on the prepared baking sheet. The edges will just begin to brown.

top down shot of strawberry jam thumbprint cookies

Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

TIPS FOR THE BEST HOMEMADE TIKTOK JAM HEART COOKIES

  • Make sure you press down hard enough on the top of the cookie to create a deep enough indent to add the jam.
  • Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a different shape of cookie cutters for each different time of year. Heart jam cookies are perfect for valentine’s day or Christmas.
  • Make sure your jam is a thick enough consistency, otherwise it can leak out of your cookies.
  • Once you have rolled the balls of dough, press into it immediately to create the heart shape. If you leave it too long the cookie dough will end of cracking on the edges.
  • Ensure your butter is at room temperature.
  • Never place your cookies on a hot cookie sheet. Make sure your cookie sheet has cooled completely before placing your next batch of cookies, otherwise they’ll start melting before they can start baking, and they’re much more likely to spread.

HOW TO STORE THE JAM DROP COOKIES

These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, or in the fridge for a week.

If you want to make a double batch you can also freeze the cookies and leave them out at room temperature to thaw out.

OTHER GLUTEN FREE COOKIE RECIPES

Yield: 12 cookies

Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

top down shot of jam drop cookies with strawberry jam

These Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough and filled with your favourite type of jam. These cookies are perfect for the holiday season, valentine’s day, or for any special occasion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam, or other type of jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large stand mixer using the paddle attachment or large bowl with hand mixer, cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes. It will begin to get fluffy and will change to a lighter colour.
  3. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Then add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  4. Make 12 cookie dough balls and then roll into additional sugar.
  5. Using the tip of a spoon or your thumb, immediately press the centers of the cookies down in a criss cross to make a small heart shape. If you wait too long to press down the cookies will start to crack.
  6. Fill the hearts with jam and bake cookies for 12-15 minutes on the prepared baking sheet. The edges will just begin to brown.
  7. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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9 Comments

  1. Just made these and they’re AMAZING!! Going to be making these over and over during the holidays!

    1. Hi Andrea,

      So glad to hear that! Thanks so much for the 5 star review! 🙂

  2. Kelly Price says:

    These are amazing! Used orange marmalade instead of jam and they turned out so yum!

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Yum that sounds amazing! Thank you so much for the 5 star review!

  3. I love this recipe! Super quick, easy, delicious recipe! I’m definitely going to be making these for Easter.

    1. Hi Gabby,

      Thank you so much for sharing and for the 5 star review!! 🙂