Thumbprint Cookie Recipe ~ A Sweet Heart Treat!

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Make this special thumbprint cookie recipe for your love on Valentine’s Day. Or make these heart cuties on any day a special sweet token of love is in order!!

This thumbprint heart cookie recipe is sure to go into your favorites! Nothing says love like home-baked treats, and this one is sure to get that message across!!

thumbprint heart cookies on a plate

Ingredients for the Thumbprint Heart Cookie Recipe

You’ll probably have everything in your pantry to make these yummy little cuties! Sugars, flour, butter, cornstarch, eggs, either vanilla or almond extract, and jam. That’s it!

You’ll also need to line the cookie sheet with parchment paper to bake up these cookies.

Mix the Dough

Make sure to take the butter out ahead of making the cookies, so it’s easily mixed together in the dough. Cream softened butter with the sugars.

Then, mix in the egg yolk and extract.

To the wet mixture add in all of the dry ingredients. Mix well until a soft dough forms.

heart cookies on a plate

Making the Cookies

Scoop out Tablespoon size piece of dough. Roll into a ball and roll in extra sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Repeat until you’ve formed balls with all of the dough.

Use your pinky to press the “heart” into each of the balls. Freeze these cookies for 30 minutes to firm up.

Heat jam 5-10 seconds in the microwave. Spoon a little jam into each heart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Cookies are done when they’ve turned a lovely golden color.

Remove to wire racks to cool.


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Thumbprint Heart Cookies

These adorable little thumbprint heart cookies are a sweet Valentine's Day treat! But they also can be made any time of the year when you want to spread a little baked love!!!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Chill in freezer30 minutes
Total Time52 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies with jam, shortbread cookies, thumbprint cookies, valentine’s day cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 91kcal

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • extra sugar for rolling
  • jam, raspberry or other red jam


  • Cream the butter and sugars. Add in the egg and extract. Stir in all of the dry ingredients until mixed well.
  • Scoop 1 Tablespoon, form rounded balls. Roll in sugar and press heart shape with your pinkie!!
  • Chill in freezer 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Warm jam 5-10 seconds in microwave and spoon into thumbprint.
  • Bake on parchment paper lined sheet at 350° 10-13 minutes until edges are starting to turn golden.
  • Enjoy!!!

Your Own Private Notes


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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