Lemon Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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These are my first Thumbprint Cookies! And I deserve a “Congratulations!” since they were so good! “Are you sure it’s the first time you’re baking these?” asked my husband. Well, thumbprint cookies are quite famous in patisseries in Turkey just like in other countries, and you can see them with various fillings, but they are a bit underrated. People don’t prefer to bake them at home, and these are not sold as much as other cookies. To be honest, I find most of these cookies sold at patisseries too dry and they are not my first choice when shopping. I think thumbprint cookies are not originally from Turkish cuisine and that’s why most pastry shops are not very good at making them.

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I must thank a blogger I admire for inspiring and encouraging me to bake thumbprint cookies. I was completely impressed when I saw Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies by Sommer from A Spicy Perspective! Upon seeing her crowned jewels, a very well deserved name given to the cookies by her, I started to make plans for making them.

I didn’t have cherry preserves or crystallized ginger. And I didn’t want to buy them, you know my choice is always homemade foods.

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Finally when I was making Lemon Jam the other night, I found a brilliant idea! Why not make Sommer’s thumbprint cookies with my Homemade Lemon Jam? Remember the homemade lemon jam I posted yesterday? I could even add a little lemon zest into the cookie dough! I LOVE tangy flavors!

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It was definitely great fun to make thumbprint cookies! My favorite part was pressing on cookie balls with my thumb! I’m sure my son will love it too when he grows up and starts to help me in the kitchen! We still have about 6 weeks for his birth, but I’ve already started to imagine him baking with me!

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I thought the filling, lemon jam in my case, was added after cookies were baked, but Sommer told in her recipe to fill them beforehand. And I did so.

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I think cookies get chewier when you bake them filled with preserves or jams.

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I wanted to have a colorful touch on my thumbprint cookies, so I used these sprinkles on them. Don’t you think they made my cookies cuter?

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However I made a mistake and added sprinkles before baking, so some sprinkles sank into the jam! It wasn’t a fatal mistake though! I added a little more sprinkles on each cookie when they are still hot and the problem was solved! So it’s better to add sprinkles right after you take them from oven.

If you love tangy and zesty flavors as much as I do, you should try thumbprint cookies with lemon zest and jam!

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Thank you so much Sommer for the recipe and inspiration!

Here is the recipe slightly tweaked from Sommer’s Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies.

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Lemon Jam Thumbprint Cookies
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Zesty and tangy thumbprint cookies with lemon zest and jam!
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest, grated
  • ⅓ cup lemon jam
  • 2 tbsp sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 175C.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, salt and lemon zest until smooth.
  3. Add in flour and mix with a spatula until combined well.
  4. Cover and chill it for 30 minutes.
  5. Line cookie sheets with baking paper.
  6. Make 1 inch balls from dough and place them on baking paper leaving enough space between each.
  7. Press on each cookie with your thumb to make dents.
  8. Place ⅓ tsp lemon jam in these dents.
  9. Bake them for 20 minutes.
  10. Add sprinkles on each when they are still warm and cool them on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information
30 cookies


  1. Dotty says

    In Australia, these biscuits are called “Jam Drops”.
    They are really nice when you use raspberry or strawberry jam in the thumb print and then a pinch of dessicated coconut placed on top of the jam before baking.

    • says

      Hi Dotty! I like the name Jam Drops! Filling these with berry jams would be perfect! And topping them with coconut is a great idea too!

    • says

      Hi Yii-Huei, thanks for visiting! Lemon biscuits or cookies are alwys great with tea or coffee!

  2. says

    They look really tempting! I bet they would not last long at my place…



  3. says

    Congratulations indeed Zerrin! Your cookies and photos are so gorgeous. I haven’t made thumprints but your recipe is so tempting and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing:)

    • says

      Thank you Nancy! I was waiting to hear that:) You should try making thumbprints, it’s really fun! I’ll making different variations!

    • says

      Hi Justine! Thank you! Lemon zest in its dough gives it a very nice flavor and lemon jam topping completes it!

  4. Liz says

    Hi Zerrin, these look delicious and I really want to make them! Can you let me know how much 2 sticks of butter would be in grams? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Liz, you will love making these cookies! 2 sticks of butter equal to 226g. Would love to hear the result when you try!

  5. says

    Congrats on your first thumbprint cookies! They certainly do look beautiful! I wish I had a few to help me get through the afternoon. I’m tired! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • says

      Thank you Monet!I wish I could send you some! I guess you get tired quicker because of the last months in your pregnancy, just like me! A kind of sweet tiredness, isn’t it?

  6. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says

    Pretty cookies! Love the dripping lemon jam photo! lemon cookies with lemon jam sound absolutely delicious! Pinned!

    • says

      Thank you Julia for stopping by! That photo is my favorite too! It was so fun to make these thumbprints!

  7. says

    I bet your son will LOVE making cookies with you Zerrin! Especially ones as beautiful and irresistible as this!

  8. says

    Beautiful thumbprint cookies. I am delighted you made these with your delicious lemon jam. Your photography is just stunning and love the shots of you putting the jam into the cookie-fantastic!

    • says

      Lemon jam is just perfect with these cookies! They have a very nice smell too! Thanks for your nice words about photography here. It’s my husband’s success!

  9. says

    Gorgeous stunning photos, love thump cookies as well my kids, you’ve inspired me to try it with lemon jam and zest, love the tangy and sour flavors in the sweets.

  10. Sommer@ASP says

    Oh , I’m so honored to be your inspiration for these lovely cookies! Wish I could gobble them all down! :)

    • says

      Hi Sommer! Glad that you love these! I must thank you for inspiring me! I will try your version with cherry preserve and ginger too!

  11. says

    These are so pretty – I love the idea of adding sprinkles for some extra cheery colour. The lemon jam sounds delicious!

  12. Danielle says

    I made three recipes of these this weekend. This recipe is incredibly easy and wonderfully full of lemon smiles. Several people who ate them will be looking for your website in the future because they want the recipe. :)

  13. says

    Merhaba Zerrin, nasilsin? those thumbprint cookies looks so tempting .. I have my version too with blueberry jam and coated the cookies with almond sliced.. why don’t you make an “event” like baking together.. you are the host 😀 I’ll be in :)

  14. Diana says

    oh – and my lemon jam didn’t thicken – is it supposed to be of a thin consistency? Thanks!

  15. Ivana says

    Zerrin I love your website! You’re amazing and your recipes so delicious and creative! <3
    In this recipe it says 2 sticks of butter, how many grams or spoons is that? I'm from Chile, so I don't really know. :)


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