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Mom’s Thumb Print Cookies

There are some recipes that when I make them, they take me back to my childhood, mainly different cookies recipes I made with my mom. This is one of them. This is a recipe for cookies with a drop of jam, we call them Thumb Print Cookies, because, well, you see.

Thumb Print Cookies

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My girls love these as much as do I, and wait for it … I can actually make these, unlike most other cookies. I don’t burn these, I bake them to golden perfection each and every time, might help that I don’t make them often, and I bought some new cookie sheets.

The recipe is really simple, great for making with your kids. All kids love being hands-on, while they don’t all like getting their hands dirty, this recipe makes it worth it.

What You Need:

  • 3/4 cup margarine – softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water

How to make Thumb Print Cookies

Mix wet and dry ingredients together in the large bowl.

Add 1/4 cup of hot water, maybe letting your child take a quick break here mixing the hot water in yourself. They can get back into baking with the next step… the hands-on part.

I like to use a cookie scoop for scooping out the same amount of cookie dough each time.

thumb print cookies

Roll into small balls and flatten with your thumb, hence the name of them. This was always my kids’ favorite thing to do. Pushing their little thumbs into cookie dough.

thumb print cookies

Bake at 350ºF for 10-15 minutes.

They will be done when they are golden brown on the bottom. These will be just lightly, barely brown on the top, they will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven.

Don’t burn them… if I can make these, you can too!

Once cool place some jam into your thumbprint. We love homemade jam/jelly with these cookies!

thumb print cookies

I can assume that these would be great topped with a couple of chocolate chips while the cookies were still a bit warm. Or maybe some Nutella instead of jam, homemade jelly is amazing… or maybe you’re more like me and want them plain.

I’m really not the best cookie maker. I’m not the world’s best baker period, but trying counts for something right? And my kids, they don’t care how something comes out, as long as they can eat it.

Austin has actually made these herself, they were the first cookies that she ever made. She was so proud of herself. I was proud of her.

Mom's Thumb Print Cookies

Mom's Thumb Print Cookies

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These thumb print cookies are fun to make with kids. They love getting to use their thumb to make the imprint for jam.


  • 3/4 cup margarine - softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add in egg and margarine. Mix.
  3. Add in hot water. You may need to add a little more water if you find your dough is too crumbly and not forming balls. (I need to depending on the time of year.)
  4. Roll into small bowls, and flatten with your thumb.
  5. Bake for 10 mins at 350
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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