5 Ingredient Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies – my favorite dough for making these classic cookies! Best of all there’s NO CHILLING required & cookies do not spread! 7 fun ways to decorate perfect for your holiday cookie platter with a step-by-step video!
It’s December and that means it’s officially cookie baking season. It’s our most favorite time of the year and I always seem to get carried away with how many treats I end up making. I can’t help it, snowballs, caramel corn, sugar cookies, fudge – they’re all so much fun to make!
I’ve mentioned it a few times already but one of our favorite cookies we make every year are Classic Jam Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies or what I like to call sugary bites of bliss.
I shared this video over on Facebook on Saturday and it seems like shortbread cookies are a favorite among so many too.
This recipe starts off with a buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread base. I love this dough because you don’t have to worry about the cookies SPREADING into a puddle of mess when you bake them like so many I have tried before…and best of all – NO CHILLING required!!
It’s made with simple pantry ingredients with ONLY 5 ingredients:
I’ve included the recipe in the recipe card at the bottom in grams and cups so that there is no confusion with the amount. Measuring by weight will always ensure more accurate results.
- vanilla extract
- and my secret ingredient?? Cornstarch….the key to keeping the cookies nice and soft with absolutely no spreading.
(If you saw my video, the baking powder was a typo and is not in the recipe. Sorry for the confusion.)
Once the dough starts to clump together like the picture below, gather it together with your hands and squish together to form a ball. The warmth from your hands will help it come together. This may take about 2 minutes. Just keep squishing. If the dough seems too soft, add 1-2 tablespoons more flour.
When you have a large ball formed, pinch off 1″ pieces and roll them into balls while squishing tightly so they stay together.
Then place on cookie sheet where you can either use your thumb or a 1/4 teaspoon to create the indent.
Next, you can either leave them plain or roll them in some sugar for some added texture and crunch. I usually like to add a touch of cinnamon as well but they are totally delicious if you decide to leave out that step.
The fillings are the next fun step. You can customize them with whatever you like:
- strawberry jam
- raspberry preserves
- apricot jam
Use your favorite!!
And even better, you’re not just limited to fruit.
Fill them up with:
- Hershey’s Kisses
- melted white chocolate.
I have 7 fun ways for you to decorate them and be the star at any holiday cookie exchange party!
For these Hershey’s Kisses cookies, just be sure to press the Hershey’s Kisses into the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven – then allow them to dry and set. Use your favorite Hershey’s Kisses – peppermint, chocolate or cookies and cream!
For these turtle thumbprint cookies, fill with melted caramels, top with a pecan half and drizzle with chocolate and caramel. You can check out the full recipe HERE.
For these White Chocolate Peppermint, once the cookies are baked and dry, just fill them with:
- white chocolate
- crushed peppermint candy canes
And for the Nutella M&M’s cookies, allow the cookies to bake and dry, then fill them with:
- mini M&M’s
For these adorable reindeer cookies:
- broken pretzels for the antlers
- red Smarties or red mini M&M’s for the nose
- black licorice string cut into pieces for the eyes and nose
Before baking, flatten the dough balls with a glass instead of indenting the middle then press broken pretzel pieces for the antlers and bake. Once they come out of the oven, press a red Smarties candy into the dough for the nose and cut some black licorice pieces for the eyes and mouth and press into the dough.
Finally, for these adorable snowmen, you’ll need:
- white chocolate circle melts
- blue nonpareil sprinkles for the eyes
- orange jimmies sprinkles for the nose
- black licorice string cut for the mouth
Once the cookies are baked, immediately press a white chocolate melt into the center then place the baking sheet back into the oven for one minute, just until the chocolate melds into the cookie. Then immediately press blue round nonpareil sprinkles for the eyes, an orange jimmies sprinkle for the nose and a strip of black licorice cut into a small mouth.
Then voila!! You’ve got a tray of holiday cookies that are sure to be a hit!!
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