Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe for Valentines Day

January 31, 2020

jam thumbprint cookies with hearts

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe 

We love a basic biscuit recipe in this house, my kids just like my husband are biscuit obsessed!  So it’s always good to find biscuit recipes that are simple to make and thus avoid me buying biscuits from the supermarket which are invariably wrapped in plastic.  these biscuits are for treat time and mine love them after school or nursery with a glass of milk.  This jam thumbprint cookies recipe is also good for having keen little bakers who love to help you.  I have made these with my daughter and at 3 even she can roll a mean biscuit dough ball!

jam thumbprint cookies on a baking sheet

Valentine’s Twist

I have adapted this recipe to incorporate a Valentine’s Day theme.  You can make these cookies anytime of year especially at Christmas.  All you would need to do is just the one thumb or finger print in the raw cookie dough.  Now as you can see from the photos in this recipe.  I do two thumbprints to make the heart shape.balls of cookie dough with a heart print indentation

Useful Information for the bake

If you’re doing just the one thumbprint I advise filling the biscuit with jam before it bakes.  Slightly overfill the thumbprint indentation until it’s just over level with the indent, as the jam does shrink in cooking.

If you’re doing the heart shape in the dough then be aware they don’t always come out perfect hearts when baked, so if you like a very controlled bake and want it to be more perfect either fill the heart indent with the jam once they are baked, or patch them up with some fresh jam where the jam has slightly shrunk back.

You can use the end of a wooden spoon or a heart stamper to make the marks in the dough instead of thumbprints.   I also find that preschoolers struggle to do heart shaped cookies but are good at stamping one thumb in for a normal jam thumbprint cookie recipe.12 pieces of cookie dough

Optional – If you find the dough a little sticky to roll, simply roll your balls in white sugar and it will help hold the balls together and give you a little crunch to the cookie. 


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 7, 425F, 200 celsius
  2. Line the tray with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together.
  4. Add in a lightly beaten egg, vanilla extract and milk, whisking the mixture lightly with electric /hand whisk 
  5.  Add in the flour and salt with a wooden spoon.
  6. Bring the dough into a firm ball.  Transfer to a lightly sugared surface and divide into 12 pieces.
  7. Shape each one into a round bun and place on the prepared baking tray.
  8. Make a hollow in the centre by gently pushing your thumb shapes into the centre and then put the jam in the middle.
  9. Bake for 10-12 mins, until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

    Jam Thumbprint Cookie

    A Valentine's day twist on the classic Jam thumbprint cookie.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time12 mins
    Total Time27 mins
    Course: afternoon tea, biscuit, Snack, treats
    Cuisine: American, biscuits, British
    Servings: -12
    Author: teamsteinblog


    • 200 g Self Raising Flour
    • 100 g Butter
    • 100 g Caster Sugar plus dusting
    • 1 1 egg
    • 1 tbsp Milk
    • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 50 g Jam - Raspberry or Strawberry


    • Preheat the oven to 425, gas mark 7 or 200 fan oven
    • Line a baking sheet with baking paper
    • Lightly cream the butter and sugar together with a spoon and then whisk/ electric whisk
    • add in the egg, vanilla and milk and lightly beat.
    • Slowly add in the flour and salt and stir together with a wooden spoon. Once the mixture comes together to form a large dough ball, place it on a surface covered in sugar and cut into 12 equal parts.
    • Roll each part into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet and make a hollow with two thumb or finger prints to form the heart shape.
    • place about a teaspoon of jam in each hollow and bake for 10-12 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.
      Tip we sometimes make a double batch as they are popular!

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of tea or coffee! 

See my previous post for Valentine’s Day ideas including heart shaped tortilla pizza for kids. 


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