Really Easy Thumbprint cookies

Thumbprint cookies

I know I said that I wouldn’t be making biscuits again – they seemed a lot of effort for nothing very exciting, and took up a lot of ingredients for a small return, but that was before I came across a recipe which changed my mind. So I gave it a go and the result was delicious. Too delicious in fact…. I’m staying out of the kitchen today!



  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g Flora (plant spread)
  • 320g plain flour
  • 1 egg  
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • jam/curd etc for filling


  • Cream together the fat and sugar
  • Add all the other ingredients (except jam) and mix to a stiff dough
  • Roll into little balls and space out on a lined baking tray. The quantity of ingredients made 40 – some to eat, some to give away
  • Make an indent with a teaspoon (though they are called thumbprint cookies for a reason) and fill with a spot of jam or curd
  • Bake at 160 for about 15 minutes or until lightly coloured

Filling – I used raspberry jam, lemon curd and mincemeat (which I always think far too nice to save just for Christmas). Don’t overfill as it oozes out.




  1. They do look delicious and although I have some flapjack in my cake tin just now, the cookie jar is currently empty, and I bought myself a jar of jam this week…..

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    • It’s the first time I’ve had to think so carefully about saving ingredients. I’m used to popping to the shop if I need/want anything. Not a bad lesson to learn, I guess


  2. This post brought back happy memories of baking thumbprint cookies for sons and their friends. I love the idea of using mincemeat. This week I made ‘Jumbles’ for the first time. You prep them in a saucepan! Have you ever made them?


  3. My children used to call them Jam Drops – they’d drop the jam in the middle……after I let them press the hole with their….clean…..thumbs 😊
    I haven’t made them for years….but then I also haven’t baked anything else for years 😊

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  4. Birdnests are what those are called locally.

    It’s the only cookie I ever made successfully. One of my sons used to visit one of his friends after school and was always late home. His “other” mother made chocolate chip cookies and he’d visit for warm, fresh ones on the way home!

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    • Birdnests – I love it! Sounds like the sort of friend to have – I have fond memories of a friend’s mother who always gave us sixpence to spend at the shop when my own mum only gave us threepence!


  5. Ooh, these sound delicious! I haven’t made any cakes or cookies in the last couple of months, but, that might change now! Thank you for posting the recipe. Off to convert the grams into ounces…LOL.

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    • I always make my cakes with ingredients weighed in ounces but if I find an recipe on the internet, they tend to be in grams. Good job the scales show both!


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