Recipe | Butter and jam thumbprint biscuits

A perfect bake if you’re looking for something to make with children πŸ™‚

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies perfect to bake with children

I wanted to make something with my son and, after some Googling, I came across this simple biscuit recipe. It calls for jam to be used in the centre, but I made half the biscuits with jam centres and half with chocolate hazelnut spread centres.

Ingredients (makes approx. 50 biscuits)

  • 270 g / 9.5 oz plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 190 g / 7 oz butter
  • 150 g / 5.5 oz sugar (the original recipe calls for granulated sugar. I only had caster sugar and it worked fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Some jam and/or chocolate spread (you could probably use peanut butter too!)

Jam and butter thumbprint biscuits


Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C (or 160 if you have a fan oven)/ Gas Mark 4 / 350 degrees F. Grease and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper. I had to reuse each of my sheets twice, baking the biscuits in two batches.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Mix.

In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Best to use a mixer or electric hand beaters because you need to beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes until fluffy. Add the vanilla essence and egg and continue to beat until the ingredients have combined. Now add half the dry ingredients and mix in slowly. Finally add the second half of the dry ingredients and stir until you have a smooth dough.

Jam and butter thumbprint biscuits dough how to make

Shape the dough into small balls. This is the fun bit to do with children. Try to get the dough balls 2 cm (or about an inch if you prefer imperial) in diameter.Β  You can roll them in some sugar if you like (optional extra sweetness!). This does help counteract any dough stickiness.

Put the balls on a baking sheet, making sure to leave at least an inch between them. I included a random teaspoon in the following picture to give you an idea of scale!

Jam and butter thumbprint biscuits size

Make a depression in the middle of each of the dough balls using your thumb. The following picture shows the ones my son did!

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies making spaces for jam

And these are the slightly neater ones I made:

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies with jam and chocolate centres

Fill the depressions in your biscuits with jam (strawberry, raspberry… whatever flavour you prefer) or chocolate hazelnut spread. I used a teaspoon to gently drop the jam in. This is a fiddly job which is probably best done by an adult.

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies with jam centres

Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies with jam centres

Store your finished biscuits in an airtight container. They may not look like much but they are surprisingly moreish.

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies with jam centres

Given how much I like chocolate, I was surprised to find I preferred the jammy centres. The sharp sweetness of the raspberry jam goes really well with the butter flavour of the biscuits.

Jam and butter thumbprint cookies with jam centres

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Claire Huston / Art and Soul








28 thoughts on “Recipe | Butter and jam thumbprint biscuits

  1. Yum! Reminds me of my childhood making these with my Mom πŸ˜€ It was one of our favorite recipes to make together, besides peanut butter cookies. I always loved rolling the balls and then making the criss cross pattern with the fork.

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    • You may have to encourage them to “press” their thumbs into the dough rather than “jab with full force” (which was my son’s approach!). But he certainly enjoyed the rolling and “jabbing” and only tried to eat the raw dough once… progress! πŸ™‚

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