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Orange-Cranberry Shortbread Cookies with Jam are easy thumbprint cookies perfect for Christmas. They’re addictive, festive, and fun for kiddoes to make. A perfect Christmas cookie recipe, holiday cookie recipe, or any time of the year cookie recipe. #thumbprintcookies #thumbprintcookierecipe #cookierecipes #jamfilledcookie #christmascookies #holidaycookies

Orange and Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Christmas thumbprint cookie idea : orange and cranberry thumbprint cookies
Course DessertChristmas thumbprint cookie idea : easy peasy orange and cranberry thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 200 g (7oz) salted butter softened
  • 175 g (6.2oz) caster sugar
  • 325 g (11.5oz) plain flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • Cranberry jam or cranberry sauce to fill
  • Icing sugar to decorate


  • Pre-heat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4 and lightly oil two lined baking trays.
  • Add the butter and sugar into a large bowl and beat, using a hand mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, followed by the orange zest and flour and mix into a soft dough.
  • Split the dough into 36 equal bits and roll into balls.
  • Place the cookie balls on the baking tray, making sure to leave space between them for spreading.
  • Make a thumbprint in the centre of each cookie (careful not to go all the way through the dough) before filling each thumbprint with some jam.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 13-17 minutes until they are as golden as you prefer.
  • Allow cookies to rest for a few mins on the baking tray before letting cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Sprinkle on some icing sugar before serving.