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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Desserts | 17 comments

Jammin’ Thumbprint Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Jammin’ Thumbprint Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Have you ever participated in a cookie swap?  Well, this was my first.  It’s called the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  I’ll explain.  576 food bloggers signed up, made a donation to, OXO matched our donations and then we waited for the organizers to put all the information together on our cookie swaps.  While we waited for the swap to begin, we sat back and thought about our cookies we would make.  Once we received our addresses of the bloggers we were to send cookies to, we made our wonderful homemade cookies and sent a dozen to each of the three participants who were matched with us.  We also each received a dozen cookies from three separate bloggers who  got our names.  Pretty neat, huh?  We all (the food blogger participants) also wrote a blog post about our cookies and are posting them at the same time and on a link up on the organizer’s page…Love and Olive Oil.  So here is what I decided to do.

A lot of people did Christmas themed cookies and packaging.  I didn’t.  I wanted my cookies to represent me.  I tossed ideas around for weeks before deciding on which cookies to make.  It’s difficult to choose a favorite cookie but then add the other requirements and it really gets hard.  You see of course they had to be cookies that didn’t need refrigeration and also that would hold up well being shipped (one can only guess how packages are handled at holiday time…just saying) so that narrows my choices a bit.

I chose a thumbprint cookie a sweet friend of mine gave me and I’ve been making with my kids for a while now and tweaked it a little until I got it the way I wanted.  It was amazing as is but I wanted it a little more moist since it would be several days before the ladies received it.  I’ve heard they received their cookies intact and enjoyed them.  Cookie swap success!  Sadly, one of the packages I received did not fare so well.  It seems it takes a good bit a protection to keep the cookies from being delivered in crumbles.  I’m also not sure who those came from so if I failed to thank you, it’s because I don’t know who sent them.

I received a really cool Greek braided cookie from Veronique from Food and Wine Chickie and a fun “Grinch” inspired cookie from Sarah at Food, Fun and Life In Waukesha.  Thanks ladies!

So, let’s get to my Jammin’ Thumbprint Cookies and packaging!  I found a container I loved but there was only one.  This super cute mini hat box!

Round cookie container for cookie swap

I also found these two other square boxes in a bright pink (which I love) and glitter.

glitter box for cookie swap

I got some tissue paper and crown rubber stamps and stamped the paper as filler.

crown stamped tissue paper for cookie swap box filling

I also added shredded colored paper to the margins of the shipping box and also inside the purchased containers to help protect them.

cookie box with paper ready to ship

I got this cute ribbon with a crown on it and tied them up securely in clear cellophane bags.

cookie swap cookies~Jammin Thumbprint Cookies

Lastly, I found these cute crown cookie cutters that I added as a little prize.

crown shaped cookie cutter

I wrote a letter and also included a recipe card for their future use.  All in all I’m pretty proud of how it all came out!

cookie swap letter

As for the cookies, you can make the shortbread but fill the thumbprint indentions with any jam you choose.  I used a white peach, quince and sour cherry.  The sour cherry were BY FAR my favorite!  If you look at the consistency of the three jams, you can see the sour cherry becomes slightly liquified when stirred, right?  That’s the sign a good jam to be used in this type of recipe.  The others turned out perfectly fine but the sour cherry result is perfect.  They have a slightly chewy center but still soft at the same time.  Maybe they have a higher sugar content?

white peach jam

sour cherry and quince jams

jam with almonds

It’s a simple recipe.  Every single time I make them at home we eat them within the hour.  If you’re ever stuck on a good cookie for company, a tea party or a cookie swap, choose these!

Just whip up the ingredients for the shortbread portion, roll into balls and press the back of a greased teaspoon into the balls to make an indented place for the jam and almonds to go.


This is what the finished product looks like.  They’re delicious!

jammin thumbprint cookies

Here’s the printable.

Jammin’ Thumbprint Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 egg yolk plus one whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup jams of choice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. Cream together brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add salt, honey and egg yolk and beat until combined.
  3. Add flour in intervals and beat on low speed until just combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out enough dough to fill about 3/4 of the tablespoon and roll into a ball with your hands.
  5. Place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  6. Using the back of a teaspoon measure with a little cooking spray or olive oil on it, press an indention into each ball for the jam. (I find that I enjoy the cookies that have a large, shallow indention best).
  7. Mix 1 egg with 1 teaspoon water with a whisk and brush lightly over cookies.
  8. Mix jam (or jams if you’d like to make different types) with sliced almonds.
  9. Fill indentions in the cookies with jam and almond mixture.
  10. Bake at 350 for approximately 16-18 minutes or until desired level of browning.
  11. Cool 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack for continued cooling.
  12. These cookies are great warm from the oven or cold the next day!

What’s your favorite cookie swap recipe???


  1. Hi Christy! Thanks so much for these yummy cookies, I really loved them! And the packaging was so crazy cute, completely 100% adorable and fabulous! I will be using my crown cookie cutter this weekend when I make holiday sugar cookies with friends. Thanks a million for such a beautifully presented and tasty gift! 🙂
    Jes @ Urban Sacred Garden recently posted..Cranberry & Bittersweet Chocolate Shortbread Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswapMy Profile

    • Thank you so much! I was so worried they wouldn’t make it there intact! Or if they did they would taste bad from being in the mail too long. Which package did you get? I’m so glad you like the cookie cutter. I couldn’t resist when I saw it. I thought I’d make a rolled cookie so I could send y’all crown cookies but I just love these thumbprints so much I had to make them. So glad you enjoyed getting them. 🙂

  2. Very, very cute!! Great job with the packaging. I can’t wait to see your business cards for ALT! 🙂
    Jaime Huffman recently posted..Alt Summit-2013My Profile

    • Thank you! I am a little nervous about the cards. They aren’t cheap! But I think they’ll turn out nice. We shall see. 🙂

      • Ok I want my photo to show up rather than a monster head on my comments. How do I make that happen? haha
        Jaime Huffman recently posted..Alt Summit-2013My Profile

        • Get a Gravatar. Go to and you choose a picture of yourself and associate with an email and each time on any site that you enter your email address, your picture follows you. It’s free and super cool. SO it works on any site that has thumbnail pictures. Try it. It takes 5 minutes.

    • It was a little difficult because it’s right here at the holidays but it worked out ok. Thank you! These cookies really are great. Especially if you find a jam you love.

    • Thank you Ashley! I love these cookies and they were perfect to ship since they’re just as good on day 4 as they are on day 1.

  3. I just stumbled across your website today and just HAD to have at least several of your recipes. Then, I saw this posting where you’re showing how you packaged and sent cookies as gifts. I like how you packaged them and then added the cookie cutter, a crown, as a symbol of your website. I had to laugh, a crown is a cookie cutter you rarely see here in the states but I certainly understand why it would be more readily found in your location. I also LOVE the idea of using the boxes with the “shredded” paper to cushion the cookies and make for a beautiful presentation. I don’t know if you’re also a cake baker and decorator but one of the first things I thought when I saw the boxes is, “are these cakes”? I quickly concluded these were not cakes but actual boxes used for gift packaging but they also are the perfect inspiration for two different cakes. With today’s cake decorating tools and supplies such as the edible glitter and the numerous stencils available, these two boxes could easily be re-created as cakes for a woman’s birthday or even a bridal shower. You just NEVER know when you might find that next flash of inspriation for a lovely cake. Christmas may be over but I’m still giving food gifts to either individuals or businesses I didn’t get to around Christmas. Also, my church has a Chocolate Festival every year in February during a weekend BEFORE Valentine’s Day and amongst other activities, cake auctions and bake sales are a major component. Your packaging inspiration may be something I do for the silent auctions or some bake sale donations. I don’t know about you but I LOVE these boxes. I have one problem with the boxes and also now with gift bags and cake tins. I tend to purchase ones that I just love and then I have a difficult time using them for gifts, I don’t want to let go of them, I want to keep them. Each Christmas or Mother’s Day I try to give my mother something in a box like this as she also loves them. They’re so nice for storing odds and ends after the gift if given. I look forward to more nice ideas from your site.

    • I’m so glad you liked the cookies and packaging. I too fell in love with it when I was putting it all together. I got it all at Hobby Lobby.


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