Apricot Thumbprint Cookies are delightful kid-friendly cookies. We love apricots and especially in apricot jam and preserves. Add the apricot jam to cookies and wow! A double explosion of flavor. Apricot Thumbprint Cookies are delicious sugar cookies with apricot jam pressed into the center of the cookies and a powdered sugar glaze drizzled over top.
While these cookies are not overly sweet they are just right. They’re not overly difficult to make either. The main thing is you have to chill the dough before rolling the cookie dough into balls and baking. That way the cookies won’t flatten out too much while baking. The cookies end up plump and puffy and quite scrumptious.
I made up a batch of these cookies for our Vacation Bible School snacks at church yesterday. Our children’s minister asked me to make up 150 cookies to serve for snacks to the kids. I was glad to have a chance to get in my kitchen and bake up a batch of these tasty treats. She wanted assorted flavors in case some of the kids were allergic to one flavor or another. So I baked up six different flavors.
You just can’t beat apricot cookies and bars. Along with this recipe, I’ve also made Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies, Apricot Shortbread Bars, Apricot Coconut Pecan Bars and Apricot Almond Bars along with a lot of sweet breads. Apricots just seem to make up into really spectacular baked goods and this goody is no exception. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly cookie that you’re family is sure to love, give Apricot Thumbprint Cookies a try sometime.
When I initially posted this recipe in July 2014, I was instructed to make the cookies without icing or powdered sugar. That way the cookies wouldn’t be too messy for the kids. Unfortunately, they weren’t all that pretty either! I recently remade this recipe (July 2017) for a Kid’s Fest (carnival) our church was conducting at a local park. This time the cookies got the icing they deserved! Everyone loved them.
Apricot Thumbprint Cookies are delicious sugar cookies with apricot jam in the centers.
The texture of Apricot Thumbprint Cookies is nice and soft.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of these tasty treats.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the cookies.
Place softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt and vanilla.
Mix with an electric mixer to combine.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods).
Continue mixing on low speed of electric mixer until combined. Chill dough at least 60 minutes.
Roll dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheets.
With the bottom of a wooden spoon, press an indentation into the center of each cookie.
Place 1/8 teaspoon of apricot jam into the centers of each cookie. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until done. Cool completely before removing to cookie racks.
I used these ingredients for the icing. Combine with a whisk. Spoon into a zip lock back and cut off a tip from one corner.
Pipe icing over top of cooled cookies.
Apricot Thumbprint Cookies are great for holiday cookie exchanges.
These wonderful cookies are great for afternoon snacks for your kids or anytime you want a nice dessert.
If you enjoy apricot jam, you’ll love these heavenly cookies.
Here’s the recipe.
APRICOT THUMBPRINT COOKIES
(My own concoction)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- couple of pinches of salt
- 2 to 2/14 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- ¾ cup apricot jam (more or less as needed)
- Soften butter.
- Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt and mix with an electric mixer until well mixed.
- Stir in flour with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Mixture will be thick.
- Refrigerate dough at least 30 minutes.
- Roll dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheets.
- With your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
- Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Refrigerate cookies another 30 minutes or place in freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes or until done.
- Rotate pans half way through cooking time.
Apricot Thumbprint Cookies are great options for tailgating parties, potlucks or anytime you want to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Just a little touch of apricot jam in the cookie makes each one really special.
Are you ready to try one of these great Apricot Thumbprint Cookies?