Thumbprint Cookies

"These thumbprint cookies, affectionately called Fannies after my great, great aunt Fanny, are an easy to make delicious treat with a perfect balance of sweet and salt. Make a big batch for your freezer stash!"
-- @lalalunchbox
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 5 dozen

Recipe Card


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Choice of jam


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with a mixer until they become light and fluffy.

  • Step 3

    Add the flour slowly and mix to combine.

  • Step 4

    Add the egg yolks, salt and vanilla extract and mix together until a dough forms.

  • Step 5

    Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and flatter slightly with your hands. Using your thumb, press a bit in the center to make room for the jam.

  • Step 6

    Place the dough on the cookie sheet about an inch apart and add a dollop of jam to the center of each cookie.

  • Step 7

    Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden.