Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Hey, y’all.  This is a super fast, fun cookie to bake with your kids or for your family.  Let’s be honest here.  It’s the perfect, melt in your mouth, sweet-salty cookie… for you.  But it’s not too sweet; that’s the beauty of it.  Thumbprint cookies are traditionally smooth, however, with the addition of cream cheese, this cookie rises to a new level.  As each day passes I am more and more thankful for all my blessings.  I don’t know anyone who has fallen sick with the corona virus BUT I do know of a family member who has friends with parents in the hospital and even worse, in ICU, and they’re not doing well.  My heart becomes heavier and heavier because I think this will become more and more common.  That’s why I, for one, needed this cookie.  It’s simple.  It’s safe.  It’s comforting.  Thumbprint cookies will remind you of a few months back when there was nothing going on but the primaries.  So get to baking… it’ll keep your mind off things.   And wash your hands.

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

  • Servings: approximately 30 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup jam or jelly of choice, more or less to your taste
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand up mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until light and very fluffy.
  3. Add sugar and beat until fluffy and well mixed.
  4. Add flour.  By hand, gently stir until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Cover bowl and chill one hour.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
  7. Roll dough into 30 1 1/2-inch balls. I use a 1 1/2-inch cookie dough scoop to maintain uniformity.
  8. Place balls 1 1/2-inch apart on cookie sheet.  Use your thumb or the back of a spoon and make an indentation in the middle of each ball.
  9. Fill each cookie with 1/2-1 teaspoon of your favorite jam.
  10. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until golden on the bottom.  Check underneath for doneness at the 12-13 minute mark.
  11. Cool and serve.  Store in an airtight container.

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