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Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies

December 13, 2018Teresa

Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies are awesome. They’re a wonderful holiday treat that everyone enjoys. I used delicious blueberry preserves from Maine that a friend gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I knew I needed to use up that jelly and thought this would be an excellent way to do it! I was right. These cookies are delectable.

There are Thumbprint Cookies and there are thumbprint cookies. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made thumbprint cookies that have failed! There was too much butter and eggs and not enough flour. Consequently, the cookies didn’t set up right (even after chilling twice!) and ran together on the cookie sheet while baking. Bummer.

I had that happen to me this week with some cookies I found on Pinterest. The Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies turned out awful. They flattened out and ran into a single sheet on the cookie sheet. Boy, was I ever disappointed. I decided to go back to my version of Thumbprint Cookies and use several different jellies including blueberry, Lemon Curd, Pumpkin Pecan and Peach.

These are not the easiest cookies to make. I crunch the dough (crumbs) in my hands. After one crunch with my right hand I move the dough to the left hand and crunch with that hand. I crunch the dough about 50 times total (and pretty fast) before the dough is pliable enough. By that time, all the ingredients are adhering together and I can crunch the dough into a ball. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome or extremely weak fingers, then you need to look for a different recipe. If you’re not ambidextrous when you start, you will be by the time you finish this recipe. 🙂

For a single batch it takes me about 15-20 minutes to roll the dough (crumbs) into balls. The rest is pretty easy. If the dough crumbles when you try to make a thumbprint in the tops, simply pick up the dough and rework it about 15 more times. It should come together and not crumble when you try to put your thumb into the balls. Spoon very small one-quarter teaspoonfuls of jelly or preserves; bake, and then glaze when cool. Yummy. These are delightful.

I sent about 26 trays of homemade cookies out to my husband’s office on Monday. We got word back that the husband of one of the employees really loves my Thumbprint Cookies. So I made up four different kinds of Thumbprint Cookies. I gave a box to my son and another to his wife to take out to their offices. I put another in the freezer to give away later. And, I made up a small container for this gal’s husband. Hopefully, everyone will be satisfied and have a smile on their face.

If you still need a cookie for Christmas Cookie Exchanges or holiday parties, give Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies a try. They’re beautiful, festive and drool-worthy. 🙂

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Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies are beautiful, festive and perfect for holiday parties.

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While Thumbprint Cookies can be a little more work than some cookies, these are worth it.

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These elegant cookies are great for Christmas Cookie Exchanges.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients. There are NO eggs in this recipe!

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Soften butter. Add with sugar, salt and vanilla to a mixing bowl. (This is a double batch).

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Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until creamy.

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Add UNBLEACHED flour. (Bleached flour toughens baked goods.)

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Stir ingredients to combine. The mixture will be crumbly. Chill dough for an hour.

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Remove a handful of crumbs from the mixing bowl.

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Crunch mixture with your hands until you can shape it into a ball. This usually takes about 40 or 50 crunches. I swap hands with every crunch (to save wear and tear on my right hand). By this time the ingredients will warm and adhere and become pliable.

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Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Place balls onto prepared cookie sheets.

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Place a thumb into the top of each cookie. If the cookie crumbles, simply rework it about 15-20 more crunches until is smooth and pliable. (It’s almost like working bread dough). 

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Fill each thumbprint with about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of blueberry preserves.

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Bake at 350 about 15-20 minutes or until done.

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I used these ingredients for the icing.

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Whisk ingredients to combine.

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Spoon icing into a zip-lock bag. Cut off the tip of one corner. (This is enough icing for four batches of cookies).

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Remove cookies to a wire rack. Cool completely. Pipe icing over top of cooled cookies. Allow icing to set about 15 minutes before serving.

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Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies are delectable for company or holidays.

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You’ll be seriously drooling after one bite of these cookies.

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If you take a tray of these goodies out to your office to share, the plate will come back empty!

Here’s the recipe.

BLUEBERRY THUMBPRINT COOKIES

(My own concoction)

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These delectable cookies will have you salivating after the first bite! They're festive, beautiful and perfect for holiday parties or Christmas Cookie Exchanges. These Thumbprint Cookies are made with blueberry preserves and glazed with a vanilla icing. Everyone loves them!
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these festive & beautiful #Christmas #cookies will have you salivating after the first bite. Perfect for #holiday parties like Christmas & #NewYearsDay. #dessert #blueberries #cookies #HolidayDessert #BlueberryDessert #ChristmasCookieExchange #ChristmasCookie
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
GLAZE:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
GLAZE:
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these festive & beautiful #Christmas #cookies will have you salivating after the first bite. Perfect for #holiday parties like Christmas & #NewYearsDay. #dessert #blueberries #cookies #HolidayDessert #BlueberryDessert #ChristmasCookieExchange #ChristmasCookie
Instructions
COOKIES:
  1. Soften butter.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and mix with an electric mixer until well mixed.
  3. Add in flour and mix with a spoon until well combined.
  4. Mixture will be dry and crumbly.
  5. Refrigerate dough at least one hour.
  6. Crunch dough together in your hands, moving from hand to hand until the dough sticks together and you can shape into balls.
  7. Place on greased cookie sheets.
  8. Use your thumb or forefinger to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  9. Spoon about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of blueberry jam into each indentation.
  10. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes or until done.
  11. Rotate pans half way through cooking time.
  12. After cookies cool completely, glaze with powdered sugar icing.
GLAZE:
  1. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Spoon mixture into a Zip-Lock bag and cut off a small corner.
  3. Place cookies on cooling racks.
  4. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
  5. Allow icing to set before serving.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You cannot skip the step to chill the dough before rolling into balls and baking. Otherwise, the cookies will not hold their shape while baking.

NOTE: It takes about 50 crunches swapping from hand to hand to get the dough worked so that all the ingredients cling together. I crunch with one hand, then put the dough into the other and continue to alternate hands every crunch until the dough becomes pliable. I try to make the balls about the size of golf balls.

NOTE: If you make an indentation in the dough and the cookie starts to crumble, just rework it in your hands another 15-20 times until the dough is more pliable. Then redo the indentation so you can add the jam.

NOTE: This is not a recipe for anyone with carpal tunnel syndrome or weak hands. You will need really strong fingers and hands to work the dough so that it adheres together and can take the shape of a ball.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these festive & beautiful #Christmas #cookies will have you salivating after the first bite. Perfect for #holiday parties like Christmas & #NewYearsDay. #dessert #blueberries #cookies #HolidayDessert #BlueberryDessert #ChristmasCookieExchange #ChristmasCookie

Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies are divine!

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If you love blueberry desserts, you’ll love these cookies.

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Thumbprint Cookies are the best. 🙂

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Fancy Plum Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Print Recipe
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These delectable cookies will have you salivating after the first bite! They're festive, beautiful and perfect for holiday parties or Christmas Cookie Exchanges. These Thumbprint Cookies are made with blueberry preserves and glazed with a vanilla icing. Everyone loves them!
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these festive & beautiful #Christmas #cookies will have you salivating after the first bite. Perfect for #holiday parties like Christmas & #NewYearsDay. #dessert #blueberries #cookies #HolidayDessert #BlueberryDessert #ChristmasCookieExchange #ChristmasCookie
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
GLAZE:
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
GLAZE:
Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these festive & beautiful #Christmas #cookies will have you salivating after the first bite. Perfect for #holiday parties like Christmas & #NewYearsDay. #dessert #blueberries #cookies #HolidayDessert #BlueberryDessert #ChristmasCookieExchange #ChristmasCookie
Instructions
COOKIES:
  1. Soften butter.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and mix with an electric mixer until well mixed.
  3. Add in flour and mix with a spoon until well combined.
  4. Mixture will be dry and crumbly.
  5. Refrigerate dough at least one hour.
  6. Crunch dough together in your hands, moving from hand to hand until the dough sticks together and you can shape into balls.
  7. Place on greased cookie sheets.
  8. Use your thumb or forefinger to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  9. Spoon about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of blueberry jam into each indentation.
  10. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes or until done.
  11. Rotate pans half way through cooking time.
  12. After cookies cool completely, glaze with powdered sugar icing.
GLAZE:
  1. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Spoon mixture into a Zip-Lock bag and cut off a small corner.
  3. Place cookies on cooling racks.
  4. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
  5. Allow icing to set before serving.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You cannot skip the step to chill the dough before rolling into balls and baking. Otherwise, the cookies will not hold their shape while baking.

NOTE: It takes about 50 crunches swapping from hand to hand to get the dough worked so that all the ingredients cling together. I crunch with one hand, then put the dough into the other and continue to alternate hands every crunch until the dough becomes pliable. I try to make the balls about the size of golf balls.

NOTE: If you make an indentation in the dough and the cookie starts to crumble, just rework it in your hands another 15-20 times until the dough is more pliable. Then redo the indentation so you can add the jam.

NOTE: This is not a recipe for anyone with carpal tunnel syndrome or weak hands. You will need really strong fingers and hands to work the dough so that it adheres together and can take the shape of a ball.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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