A coconut flavored cookies for coconut lovers. Jam thumbprint cookies with subtle coconut flavor and just right amount filling of sweet mixed fruit jam! They are a perfect sweet treat that are so melt-in-your-mouth good. These cookies with a bit of your favourite jam is definitely something to savor with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

These cookies are insanely good — soft, buttery, coconut-flavored, and filled with jam. What more could you ask for in a bite of cookie?!

These delicious thumbprint cookie recipe is incredibly easy and quick. If you are looking for holiday cookie, these thumbprint jam cookies are the one you need to go for. These cookies are just ridiculously good and awesomeness overloaded. You can enjoy it with any of your favourite cold or hot beverage. They go so well with it!

These eggless coconut cookies are baked to perfection and filled with delicious mixed fruit jam, perfect for the holidays! But they are so melt-in-your-mouth and insanely delicious that you will love them any time of the year!

This is my personal favourite cookies and so much childhood memories attached to it. I remember how much we used to buy this cookies from bakery and confectionery shops in my childhood days for tea snacking.

The Cookie Dough

The dough for these cookies can be whipped up easily in no time. You just need a bowl to make the cookie dough with the help of hand or a spatula or spoon. However you can use a stand mixer to do the same but it’s not necessary.

Unlike any cookies recipes, just start by creaming the butter and sugar together. Then you add the dry ingredients that the recipe calls for. Mix it all together until you get a cohesive dough and no dry ingredients remain in the bowl.

This recipe doesn’t call for the dough to be refrigerated. However, you can make the dough ahead of time, cling wrap it and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake the cookies.

I usually roll my thumbprint coconut cookies directly in desiccated coconut, however these step is completely optional. You can also roll in beaten egg and then in desiccated coconut or coconut flakes. Also you can totally skip the rolling in desiccated coconut and simply roll them and make an indentation and fill it with jam.

Why You’ll Love This Thumbprint Coconut Cookies?

✔ whole wheat flour.
✔ no refined sugar.
✔ no leavening agent like baking powder and baking soda.
✔ incredibly easy.
✔ insanely delicious.
✔ crisp, soft and melt-in-your-mouth.
✔ ideal for tea/coffee, anytime snacks, for give aways during holidays and festive seasons.
✔ no-fuss and minimal preparation.
✔ eggless and gets perfectly baked.
✔ stay well in an airtight container for weeks.

How Long Do You Bake For A Perfect Thumbprint Cookies?

Thumbprint cookies are just like shortbread cookie recipe. They are delicate, soft and melt in mouth cookies. They get baked in lesser time approximately 15-20 minutes until the edges and bottom are golden. Off course sometimes the baking time may differ since each oven reacts differently as per the temperature settings of the oven. So we need to keep an eye and check the cookies in the process of baking. The cookies will seem to be slightly soft once they’re out of the oven so let them stand in the baking tray for about 5 minutes and then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool down completely.

How To Prevent Thumbprint Cookies From Cracking?

Cracking is common with shortbread cookies as the dough is so soft. Likewise thumbprint cookies may have slight crack and it’s ok to have some cracks on the cookies. After taking a portion of the dough, you can roll the cookie dough between your hands until it has a smooth surface with no cracks. After pressing an indent into the cookie dough ball, if there’s a crack, simply press it back together.

Can I Freeze Jam Thumbprint Cookies?

Yes! This recipe freezes beautifully!! Bake the cookies and allow them to cool completely. Then place in an airtight container or zip top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. For serving just take out the cookies from the freezer in advance and keep the cookies out at room temperature.

How to store thumbprint cookies:

Once the cookies are completely cooled down, simply place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to a week.

These melt-in-your-mouth thumbprints are the perfect combination of buttery and coconutty cookies. These thumbprint jam coconut cookies are soft that isn’t overly sweet, but amazingly addictive!

Make up a batch and you are going to have a tray full of cookie deliciousness! These cookies are ideal for give away to friends and families during holidays or any special festival, to enjoy with your tea or coffee, anytime snacks especially for kids. Please do try or go through the recipe and share your thoughts about the recipe with me here.

Few Cookie Recipes You Might Like To Try

3 Ingredients Cookies

Vegan Cranberry Chocolate Chips Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chips Cookies

Sattu Oats Cookies

Few Classic Holiday Favourite Recipes

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Whole Wheat Fruit & Nut Cake

Whole Wheat Orange Cake

Chocolate Wine Fruit Cake

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Cake

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Chilly Whisky Cake

Banana Walnut Cake

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake / Candied Fruit Cake

Glazed Orange Bundt Cake


All of the above recipes are super easy to prepare, ready in no time, and will never disappoint you.

Let’s get started with the recipe on how to make jam thumbprint cookies at home with step by step pictorial instructions and recipe video.

☆ Please read the important tips and notes given below for easy understanding of the recipe and to achieve a perfect bake. You can also find the INGREDIENTS SUBSTITUTION mentioned there to be adapted in this recipe.

I made a simple recipe video of jam thumbprint cookies for my readers which I have shared below. Do watch and please SUBSCRIBE to my channel. It will mean a lot to me and motivate me to come up with more videos for my readers. As always looking forward to your feedbacks!

Thumbprint Cookies Recipe Video

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20-25 minutes
Yields: 15 cookies

☆ Measuring cup used is 240 ml
☆ 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 15 ml
☆ 1 teaspoon (tsp) = 5 ml

Ingredients to make thumbprint cookies:

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
50 gms butter (I used salted butter)
3 tbsp Virgin coconut oil
⅓ cup/5 tbsp desiccated coconut (few tbsps extra for coating the cookies which is optional)
½ cup jaggery powder
Jam for filling ( I used mixed fruit jam)

Step by step pictorial instructions to make thumbprint cookies:

Preheat oven @180° for 10 minutes. Grease a baking tray with oil or butter. You can line with parchment paper too.

In a mixing bowl add in the soft butter, jaggery powder and virgin coconut oil.

Whisk well until creamy and incorporated.

Add sieved flour, cornstarch and desiccated coconut.

Mix and gather them together with a spatula or spoon.

Using your hand gather the mixture and make it into a dough. No need to knead the dough.

Take small portion of the dough, roll it between your hands.

Roll the cookie in the desiccated coconut and using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each cookie.

Fill the indentation with jam.

Without coconut coating.

Bake at preheated oven @170° C for 20 minutes until the edges and bottom of the cookies are golden. If not done bake for another few minutes.

Remove from oven and let it stand on the baking tray for about 5 minutes.

Transfer the cookies on a cooling rack and let it cool down completely.

Enjoy with your favourite hot or cold beverage.


✔ All ingredients to be at room temperature.
✔ Always preheat your oven.
✔ Whole wheat flour can be substituted with all purpose flour or blend of gluten-free flour available in stores or make your own blend with almond flour & rice flour.
✔ Jaggery can be substituted with brown sugar, cane sugar or refined sugar.
✔ You can skip the virgin coconut oil and use 100 gms butter.
✔ If using unsalted butter add a pinch of salt.
✔ You can use homemade butter or store bought butter, salted or unsalted. But no margarine or butter spreads
✔ You may use your favourite jam.
✔ Rolling in desiccated coconut is optional. But I love doing that.
✔ You can also use fresh finely grated coconut.
✔ Don’t overfill the indent as you don’t want the jam to bubble over when it’s baking.
✔ If your dough is too soft, keep the dough in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes and then bake them.
✔ Baking time may differ, keep a check and bake until the edges and bottom of the cookies are golden.

Well, if you make this jam thumbprint cookies, please do leave a feedback in the comments box below or snap a photo and tag Akum Raj Jamir on Facebook and akumrajjamir on Instagram with hashtag #atmykitchen. I would love to see your creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked the recipe. Your valuable feedbacks are always welcome, I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you.

Happy cooking!

Love Akum

About Akum Raj Jamir

Hello Everyone.. I am Akum Raj Jamir. I am a Naga Lady born and bought up from Nagaland. Married to a Tamilian and settled in Chennai now.  I worked in hotel industry for 3 years and later I shifted to corporate sector and worked in US based MNC companies. In January 2014 I was blessed with a baby boy and that it when I decided to quit my job and give me full time for him as well as the home. Now I am a homemaker ☺.  I started cooking at the very small age. We sisters used to help mom in the kitchen and followed the foot step of my mom and that's how I developed my cooking skills. A foodie by nature and a passionate cook, loves everything about food. Cooking is my passion. I love experimenting with food in my kitchen and try to bring the best in whatever I cook. I cook with all my heart and soul and this love is evident in the dishes I cook.  I believe in sharing a lot thus whatever I cook I share with fellow friends and my fan followings. So this space is all about food from my kitchen for foodies like me. Explore the recipes ☺

7 thoughts on “Thumbprint Cookies / Coconut Thumbprint Cookies / Coconut Jam Cookies

  1. We love thumbprint cookies, but we’ve never made them with coconut before. What a great idea! They look so good too.

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