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Tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and filled with jam.
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Thumbprint Jewels are tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and their centers are filled with jam. From @Nevrenoughthyme https://www.lanascooking.com/thumbprint-jewels/

Thumbprint Jewels are tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and their centers are filled with jam.

Thumbprint Jewels are tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and their centers are filled with jam. From @Nevrenoughthyme https://www.lanascooking.com/thumbprint-jewels/

Finished your Christmas baking yet? If you haven’t, here’s an easy, pretty little cookie to add to your list. These little Thumbprint Jewels are very tender, short cookies with a hint of lemon and a nice little bite of jam right in the center. I used orange marmalade and raspberry jam in these, but you can use any seedless jam. Blackberry, blueberry, cherry are all good in these little bite-sized treats.

This recipe makes up quickly and gives you about 4 dozen pretty cookies to share with family or friends. I like to put a dozen in a clear cellophane bag and tie it up with a pretty ribbon for a hostess gift.

How to Make Thumbprint Jewels

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining with parchment paper, greasing or spraying with cooking spray.

Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and egg yolk. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and well blended. Add the cream cheese, vanilla and lemon zest beating until evenly incorporated.

On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until well blended. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes or until dough firms up slightly.

Rolling dough into 1-inch balls.

Shape portions of the dough into approximate 1-inch balls. Place the dough in the palm of your hand and cup your other hand over the top. Roll the dough between your cupped hands to form a smooth little ball.

Photo collage showing dough being dipped into nuts and flattened on a cookie sheet.

Dip the tops of the balls into the chopped nuts, if using. Place the balls, nut side up, on the baking sheets, about 1 ½ inches apart. Use your thumb to press a deep well into the center of each ball. Place about ¼ teaspoon jam in each indentation.

Cookies cooling on a rack.

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are just barely brown at the edges. Reverse the baking sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let stand until cookies firm up slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the cookies from the pan and place them on the wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for up to a month.

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Thumbprint Jewels are tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and their centers are filled with jam. From @Nevrenoughthyme https://www.lanascooking.com/thumbprint-jewels/

Thumbprint Jewels

Tender, lemon-scented cookies, topped with nuts and filled with jam.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Scant ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter slightly softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese slightly softened and cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • cup chopped almonds or pistachios optional
  • 12 teaspoons Assorted seedless jams

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining with parchment paper, greasing or spraying with cooking spray.
  • Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and egg yolk. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and well blended. Add the cream cheese, vanilla and lemon zest beating until evenly incorporated.
  • On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until well blended. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes or until dough firms up slightly.
  • Shape portions of the dough into approximate 1-inch balls. Dip the tops of the balls into the chopped nuts, if using. Place the balls, nut side up, on the baking sheets, about 1 ½ inches apart. Using your thumb, press a deep well into the center of each ball. Place about ¼ teaspoon jam in each indentation.
  • Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in the upper third of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are just barely brown at the edges. Reverse the baking sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let stand until cookies firm up slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the cookies from the pan and place them on the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for up to a month.
  • Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Made these on Thursday with maraschino cherries in the center. Took them to work on Friday and they disappeared rather quickly. Super easy and oh so pretty.

  2. Beautiful cookies! Someone gave me the gift of homemade marmalade, think I’ll make some of these cookies:@)