Red Plum Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Hope you’re enjoying the New Year!

First recipe for the new year is one that was truly delicious as a Christmas dessert, so definitely had to share.

Try it out and see how you like it.

Red Plum Thumbprint Cookies


  • All-Purpose Flour    – 2 cups
  • Margarine or Butter – 1 cup
  • Sugar                      – 2/3 cup
  • Vanilla Extract         – 1/2 tspn
  • Red Plum Jam         – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – for sprinkling.
  • Glaze  –  for icing (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius or to a medium heat.
  2. Grease and flour a large cookie sheet pan or two medium cookie sheets and set aside.
  3. Measure the flour into a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, measure the margarine/butter and beat with a mixer or whisk for at least 5 minutes until creamy.
  5. Measure the vanilla extract and sugar into the margarine and cream for 3 to 5 minutes until almost white in color.
  6. Pour half of the flour into the creamed mixture and beat for about a minute if using an electric mixer. Add the remaining flour and fold in using a spatula.
  7. Cover the cookie dough in the bowl with cling film and refrigerate the cookie dough for about an hour or more until it’s easy to use with your hands. You can also set it in a cool place for about two hours.
  8. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and shape into little balls while placing them on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Leave space between the cookies; then using your thumb, make a hole in the middle of each.
  10. Measure the jam in a small bowl and stir until easy to use. Use a half teaspoon to scoop the jam into each cookie. Sprinkle the extra sugar on top of the cookies.
  11. Place the cookies inside the pre-heated oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes; then place them on a cooling rack or tray to cool completely. While the cookies are cooling on the rack, drizzle glaze on them as preferred.
  13. Serve the cookies on a plate ready to enjoy.
    Delicious Cookies – frosted or un-frosted

* You can use vanilla essence if you do not find vanilla extract. You can also try my current favorite product – Vanilla Extract – Kilimanjaro Vanilla. It’s an organic brand called The Epicurious Hedgehog based in Tanzania. If you would like to order some let me know I will give you the contacts of the distributor.

Kilimanjaro Vanilla – Amazing vanilla flavor

* If you can get it; make the cookies with butter, it gives you perfectly delicious cookies.

Enjoy your cookies and when you try them, please post your feedback below ^_^

To learn how to bake cookies, breads and other yeast pastries using a Cookswell charcoal oven with us in our Basic Bread, Cookie-making and Pastries short course. Click here for more details on the class and our next class dates.

You can also get our Cookies Recipe Booklet and bake your own cookies at home; click here for details on how to get the recipe booklet.

Published by Amari

Baking with Amari offers learning experiences in form of short baking and cake decorating classes. We have a baking workshop at Discounts Arcade, Shop no. 51 on Ngong road (Adams Arcade area next to The Green House), in Nairobi that offers baking & cake decoration learning experiences for those who want to learn what bakers and cake decorators do in a practical/hands on Bakery kitchen. We have both online and practical/physical classes. We also offer baking business start-up training and group mentorship as well via our Baking for Profit Program. We also sell locally tested baking recipe books (soft copy & printed books).

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