Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

Sparkly Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies  on #holidays #christmasGlittery Thumbprint Cookies with cherry preserves and crystallized ginger could be the crowned jewel of your cookie exchange this year!

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies | #cookies #cookieexchange #christmascookies

Every holiday season, my heart is filled with child-like delight at the thought of Cookie Baking Day. I love everything about baking holiday cookies:

  • Making an array of recipes that vary in color, shape, texture and flavor.
  • The family fun that comes along with baking together.
  • The Christmas music playing in the background.
  • The cherished memories that surface of past holiday seasons.
  • The fact that Christmas cookies are made to share with unsuspecting friends, or at a cookies exchange.
  • The wrapping of the cookies with vibrant ribbons and tags.
  • And the inevitable smiles that follow when you hand a plate of pure joy to a loved one.

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies for Cookie Exchange! | #cookies #cookieexchange #christmascookies

Cookies = Happiness, if only for a moment.

A nibble of happiness, may not last a lifetime, but it sure can brighten someone’s day.

Thumbprint Cookies | #cookies #cookieexchange #christmascookies

In my mind, no other cookie variety can compete with thumbprint cookies.

The tender buttery dough bakes into soft delicate cookie shells, filled with endless possibilities.

My favorite recipe is Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies sprinkled with sea salt, but I have a soft spot for the chocolate and fruity variations as well.

How to Make Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies | #cookies #cookieexchange #christmascookies

This year’s holiday thumbprint recipe, Cherry Ginger Thumbprints Cookies, is a close runner-up.

Made with sour cherry preserves, sweet and spicy crystallized ginger, and golden shimmer sugar to make the cookies sparkle, they are just as lovely as they taste.

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookie Recipe | #cookies #cookieexchange #christmascookies

These thumbprint cookies will most certainly be at my cookie exchange this year. Maybe they’ll make it to yours as well!


Yield: 30-36 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 cup)
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sour cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • Gold shimmer sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Scrape the bowl with a spatula. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour a little at a time, until it is just combined.
  2. Cover and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
  3. Place the balls on the cookie sheets 3 inches apart. Make a deep indention in each cookie, with your thumb. Press any cracks back into place.
  4. Spoon a scant 1/3 teaspoon of cherry preserves in the center of each cookie. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. While the thumbprint cookies are still warm, press a few pieces of crystallized ginger into the cherry center of each cookie and sprinkle with gold shimmer sugar.

More Cookie Exchange Ideas:

Mexican Mocha Crinkle Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting ~ Cookies and Cups

Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Cookies ~ Love and Olive Oil

Hot and Spicy Gingersnaps ~ Recipe Girl

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41 Responses to “Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — December 11, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I absolutely love thumbprint cookies. I think my grandmother got me hooked on them at a very, very early age! These look amazing, Sommer!


  2. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 11, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I’m a sucker for anything with ginger… but thumbprint cookies are my absolute favorite, so I’m just digging these!


  3. #
    Brooks at Cakewalker — December 11, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Sommer, these cookies are undeniably crown jewels. Yours words paint a lovely setting of all the things to cherish surrounding the baking of holiday cookies, however, next to nibbling one of these beauties is how you’ve captured them in pixels. Brava!


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    These are SO STUNNING – I love the crystallized ginger!


  5. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 11, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I love thumbprint cookies! The more the merrier!


  6. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — December 11, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Oh my word, lady! The ginger makes these a sure winner winner!


  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 11, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    These are gorgeous!


  8. #
    A Couple in the Kitchen — December 11, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Crown jewel, indeed. Love that sparkly jewel-ness of the ginger! We’re “stealing” this idea for sure!


  9. #
    Sanjeeta kk — December 11, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    What lovely cookies..and I agree no less that cookies = happiness!


  10. #
    Bonnie K — December 11, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    These are really beautiful.


  11. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 11, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    cookies = happiness. especially these ones!


  12. #
    Holly — December 11, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    These are beautiful! I have my cookie exchange cookies baking now…if they don’t turn out I am happy to know that your recipe will be my back up! I will have to make these to have around the house when company stops by in the coming weeks.


  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 11, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    I love thumbprint cookies, these are beautiful!


  14. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 11, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Wow! You always have the most delectable treats! These cookies are creative and simply gorgeous!!


  15. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 11, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    What is it about that one baking day every year that is full of so much excitement! I love it! And that ginger in these – looks amazing!


  16. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 11, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    love these Sommer! I saw and pinned them this morning and couldn’t wait to come back and leave you a comment


  17. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 11, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    What gorgeous cookies! I could see why they’re a runner-up. I bet the ginger and cherry flavors go so well together!


  18. #
    Jen @ Savory SImple — December 11, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    These cookies are just lovely!


  19. #
    Jayne — December 11, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I’ve never see thumbprint cookies done this way, with crystallized ginger over top. It’s brilliant.


  20. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 11, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    I’ve never had a thumbprint cookie I didn’t like! I’m sure this would fit right in :)


  21. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 11, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Not a fan of crystallized ginger, but these are so pretty!


  22. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — December 12, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    Sweet Sommer, those thumbprint cookies look sooooo delightful! Loving the crystallized ginger on top :)

    HUGS <3


  23. #
    Amy Tong — December 12, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    I love thumb print cookies and these sounds wonderful. Truly love the flavor combination.


  24. #
    Azzina — December 12, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    I love the manner how you had done thump print. Cookies is delicious. Would be waiting for more good stuffs.

    Indian veg pizza


  25. #
    Carolyn — December 12, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Those are so lovely and perfect, Sommer. I do love Christmas cookies.


  26. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — December 12, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    How pretty are these? What a gorgeous (and yummy-looking) combination.

    I love love love cookie baking day too. I always forget though how much work it is! I collapse into bed exhausted (and happy, and full)! Always worth it.


  27. #
    DessertForTwo — December 12, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    These are my kind of cookies! Love cherry and love ginger :)


  28. #
    Angie — December 12, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    These are too adorable!


  29. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 12, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Oh, I love crystallized ginger! These are just gorgeous, Sommer!


  30. #
    Jeanette — December 12, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    How pretty Sommer – the crystallized ginger is a nice tough!


  31. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 14, 2012 @ 1:26 am

    I’ve always loved thumbprint cookies, the jam filling is perfect with the buttery cookie and the ginger is a nice spicy touch!


  32. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 16, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    Thumbprint cookies are so good, why haven’t I ever made them? Now I must!


  33. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — December 19, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    These look so delightful. I adore thumbprint cookies!


  34. #
    zerrin — April 6, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    These look divine! Using crystallized ginger with cherry preserves is a brilliant idea! Another must try cookie recipe from you, thanks so much!



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