Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
  • 2 dozen
  • 0:25 Preparation
  • 0:15 Cooking
  • 0:40 Total Time


Add all
  • cherry jam

  • 1 lb
    (450 g)

    fresh California Bing cherries, washed and pitted (about 2 cups / 500 ml)

  • 1/8 cup
    (35 mL)


  • 1 tsp.
    (5 mL)

    lemon juice

  • 1 tsp.
    (5 mL)

    grated lemon zest

  • 1 cup
    (250 mL)


  • cookie dough

  • 1 cup

    unsalted butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup
    (190 mL)


  • 1


  • 1 tsp.
    (5 mL)

    vanilla or almond extract

  • 2 cups
    (500 mL)




Combine fresh California Bing cherries and water in a small pot and simmer over low heat until fruit is tender, about 10 minutes. Add lemon juice, zest, and sugar and stir gently until sugar dissolves.

Bring to a boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion, until thick and syrupy.

Pour into a shallow bowl and cool, or alternately refrigerate until jam is set.

This can be made a day ahead.


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy.

Beat in egg and vanilla or almond extract. Add flour and mix until just combined.

Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Using your thumb, make an impression in the center of each ball.

Fill each cookie with cherry jam making sure each has a cherry in the center.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the dough is set and lightly browned on bottom.

Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Source: Cerises de Californie