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Blackberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Of all the Christmas cookies I’ve baked in the last week, this is the one that got Bill’s attention.  I have baked them every year since his mother introduced me to them many years ago.  He adores them and so do I! 

Thumbprint cookies are an old standard that are filled with great ingredients that people like.  Make them with your favorite jam or jelly, with just frosting and no jam, with nuts or without, or drizzled with chocolate! However you like them!  They’re all great! 

I added a little blackberry brandy to the blackberry jam and lemon zest to the dough for extra flavoring.  It’s a great mix of flavors that turns out a delicious cookie with the well being filled with jam and frosting.   Blackberry thumbprint cookies are really a huge hit in our house and love at first bite!

Blackberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies


½ cup blackberry jam
1 tablespoon Blackberry Brandy
2¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs, separating yolks from whites
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped fine
1 can your favorite frosting
Few drops of red food coloring
Few drops of green food coloring


Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Lightly butter baking sheets or line with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
In small bowl, combine jam and brandy well. Set aside.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, whisking to blend.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla.
Add the flour in 2 additions and beat until the dough forms a clump.
Gather dough into a ball.
Pinch off the dough and make a 1-inch ball.
In a small bowl, with a fork, gently beat egg whites until foamy.
Dip a dough ball into the egg whites, shaking off the excess.
Place pecans in a small bowl and gently roll cookie in the nuts, coating it completely.
Do the same with the remaining dough. 
Place on baking sheet one inch apart.
Using your thumb, make a well in the center of each ball.
Fill each well with approximately ½ teaspoon of the jam mixture.
Bake until golden and firm to the touch, about 15-18 minutes.
Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
Mix half of the frosting with 2-3 drops of red food coloring in a small bowl and the remaining frosting with 2-3 drops of green food coloring in another small bowl.
When cookies are completely cool, apply a dab of frosting to each.
Let frosting dry some before storing (I do over-night).
Store between layers of waxed or parchment paper.
Makes 4 dozen

Do these have you drooling yet?

They would be a great colorful addition to your Christmas cookie tray!

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  1. Your additions makes this sound so wonderful, with some frosting too! Even better. Yum

  2. Those look magnificent. I love the colors. I'm sure they taste just as good.

  3. Not a big frosting fan but the cookie recipe sounds like it would be delightful even without it!

  4. Love thumbprint cookies, and especially great idea for a little brandy addition! And some for the baker? :)

    Great looking cookies!

  5. These would be a perfect addition to any holiday table. Lovely cookies.

    Be well

  6. Blackberry Brandy sounds like a great ingredient to add to anything! Love these!

  7. I love thumbprint cookies. And yours sound delish. You had me at Blackberry Brandy.

  8. I can see why these would be a favorite with the addition of the brandy! You did a beautiful job on these. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

  9. Oooooh ahhhhh!
    Definitely a winner :-)

  10. What a pretty plate of cookies. I love thumbprints!

  11. I like the addition of lemon to those thumbprints. They sound so tasty. Happy Holidays!!

  12. i LOVE these, what a wonderful combo, and so unique, i've never seen anything like this before. wonderful!

  13. OOhhhhh...the brandy sounds yummy in these. :) They look delicious!

  14. Another great cookie recipe Pam! Keep them coming!

  15. These look beautiful and sound delicious, I love blackberry!

  16. Those are gorgeous - and festive! - cookies!

  17. Lovely, and probably I would not need frosting with mine ;-).

    Have a great Christmas


  18. Dear Pam, Another great recipe you share. I came to tell you I cooked the Russian Tea Cakes today and they were a complete success. Thank you sooo much.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family and the best for the coming year. Big hugs

  19. Jennifurla, thank you and Merry Christmas!

    Suldog, thanks! I do too! ;)

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, yes. They are just as good without frosting.

    Holly, me too! I'd never had them until my MIL made them.

    jose manuel, gracias. Saludos. Las galletas son deliciosas.

    Kris, thank you!

    Dishesdone, you bet! Just a sip!

    Diane, try them. They're great!

    Lazaro, thank you! Hope all is well your way!

    Design Wine and Dine, love the flavor of blackberry and so good in the cookie.

    Diana's Cocina, thanks! I'm glad you like them.

    Bridgett, thanks so much and here's wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday also!

    Martha, thanks. Love this time of year with all the great cookies.

    laurie, me too. Thanks!

    Kristen, thank you and here's wishing you Happy Holidays also!

    teresa, thanks! You must give them a try as they're sooo good!

    scrambledhenfruit, thank you! They're filled with good flavors!

    Linda, thanks! Cookie baking all done for the year and am packing them to give away.

    Pegasuslegend, me too. Love about anything with blackberries.

    Deborah, thanks. Love festive cookies for the holidays.

    Alessandra, I make some without the frosting also and they're just right!

    Pamela, wonderful! I'm thrilled to hear you made the Russian Teacakes and like them. They almost melt in your mouth, right? Here's wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the best in the coming new year. Hugs to you!

  20. This looks great, even better with the addition of brandy! Yummy! Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


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