Jewel Thumbprint Cookies

jewel thumbprints
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 23 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
151 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 29mg 2%
*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.)

A dab of apricot preserves gives these buttery brown sugar thumbprint cookies an extra special look, and they are surprisingly easy to prepare and bake. Add these cookies to your holiday baking list or make them for a tea time treat. Use peach or apricot preserves or your own favorite preserves in these easy cookies.

Feel free to coat the cookies with chopped pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg (separated)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces Spoon and Sweep Method)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves (or jam, or another fruit)
  • For the Optional Icing:
  • Optional: 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons water
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.

  2. Add the egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla; beat until smooth and well blended.

  3. Stir the flour into the batter just until blended.

  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  6. Whisk the egg white or beat with a fork just until just slightly foamy.

  7. Roll the dough into small balls, about 1/2-inch in diameter. Dip the dough into the slightly beaten egg white and then roll in the chopped walnuts.

  8. Place the cookie dough balls on ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between each cookie.

  9. With a thumb, press each cookie to make an indention in the center.

  10. Bake the cookies for about 9 to 11 minutes, or just until light golden brown. Remove to a rack.

  11. Drop about 1/8 teaspoon of jam into the indentation of each cookie. Let the cookies cool completely.

  12. For the optional icing, combine the powdered sugar with water and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Drizzle over the cooled cookies.