Jelly Bean Thumbprint Cookies

Jelly Bean Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Oxmoor House
Jelly beans make a fun middle for these classic vanilla thumbprint cookies.


1 1/2 dozen

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 6 Minutes
Chill: 8 Hours
Cook: 13 Minutes


1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Assorted jelly beans
Additional powdered sugar


Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks and vanilla, beating until blended.

Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Cover and chill dough 8 hours.

Shape dough into 1" balls, and place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press thumb into each cookie to make an indentation.

Bake at 350° for 12 to 13 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; remove to wire racks. Make thumbprint indentations again while cookies are still warm; let cookies cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup powdered sugar and heavy cream in a small bowl; stir with a fork until smooth. Spoon icing into a zip-top freezer bag; cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and squirt a small amount of icing into indentation in each cookie. Press jelly beans into center of each cookie. Let set. Dust cookies with powdered sugar.