Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

The Spruce / Qi Ai

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 48 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
110 Calories
6g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48
Amount per serving
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These thumbprint cookies are made with rich butter and cream cheese dough. Press your thumb into the center of each ball of cookie dough and fill them with your favorite fruit preserves or jam. Strawberry or seedless raspberry jam is an excellent choice, or use apricot preserves.

The cookies are made with the addition of chopped pecans. The cookies may be rolled in extra chopped pecans before filling. Chopped almonds or walnuts may be substituted.


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies ingredients

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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  3. Beat the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until light. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in the vanilla.

    butter, sugar and cream cheese in a mixing bowl

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  4. Add flour and baking soda; mix well.

    cookie dough in a bowl

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  5. Fold in the chopped pecans; mix well; chill dough for 30 minutes.

    cookie dough with pecans in a bowl

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  6. Shape the chilled dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets.

    Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

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  7. Make an indentation in the center of each ball with a thumb or finger. Fill each indentation with about 1 teaspoon of the preserves.

    Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies on a baking sheet

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  8. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

    Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies on a baking sheet

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Makes about 4 to 5 dozen.

Tips and Variations

  • Use walnuts or chopped almonds in place of the pecans, or omit the nuts.

  • Instead of adding nuts to the dough, coat the cookies with chopped nuts. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Roll the dough balls in the egg mixture, then in chopped nuts or coconut. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet and make the thumbprint indentation in each cookie; fill with preserves.

  • Instead of chopped nuts, fold crumbled toasted coconut into the cookie dough.