Jam Walnut Shortbread Thumbprints

In a previous post, I mentioned that my favourite holiday cookie is the raspberry jam thumbprint. I had intended on posting the recipe prior to Christmas. However, as I have been in the midst of packing to move, I lost my copy of the recipe I normally use (the best one I’ve found). It was worrisome! Thankfully, today I located said recipe and am finally able to post it for you. Christmas may have passed (and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family & friends), but this cookie could be made at any time of the year with different jams, lemon curd or even peanut butter or hazelnut spread. Although, I have to say, from personal experience, they are incredibly delicious with raspberry jam.


  • 2/3 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks (save the whites for the coating)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder 

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • fresh raspberry jam (I used about one teaspoon per cookie, as the jam was extremely delicious)


1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir butter mixture into the flour mixture.

3. Roll by scant 1 tablespoons into balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet on parchment paper.

4. For the coating, whisk the egg whites with water until frothy. Place the walnuts in a dish. Using a fork, dip each ball into the egg white mixture and then in the nut mixture until well coated. Place ball back on the cookie sheet. Note: place the cookies 1 inch apart.

5. With your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon, make an indentation on the top of each ball.

6. Bake at 350’F for 12 to 14 minutes; or until the edges are golden. Once you remove the cookies from the oven, use the end of a wooden spoon to re-define the indentations on each cookie.

7. Once the cookies have cooled slightly, put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of jam into the centre of each cookie.

Source: Canadian Living Holiday Magazine 2010

Happy New Year!!! Wishing you all the very best in 2011 :)

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  1. says

    They were! I made three dozen with my mom before Christmas. They did not last very long. Everyone loved them. I am going to try and make some again in the spring with lemon.


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