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!

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

Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 30-36 cookies

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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  • 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.
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41 comments on “Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

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  5. zerrinposted April 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

    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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  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted December 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm Reply

    These look so delightful. I adore thumbprint cookies!

  8. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted December 16, 2012 at 7:43 am Reply

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

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  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 14, 2012 at 1:26 am Reply

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

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  12. Jeanetteposted December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am Reply

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

  13. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 12, 2012 at 11:22 am Reply

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

  14. Angieposted December 12, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

    These are too adorable!

  15. DessertForTwoposted December 12, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

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

  16. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted December 12, 2012 at 6:36 am Reply

    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.

  17. Carolynposted December 12, 2012 at 6:17 am Reply

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

  18. Azzinaposted December 12, 2012 at 5:43 am Reply

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

    Indian veg pizza

  19. Amy Tongposted December 12, 2012 at 12:29 am Reply

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

  20. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted December 12, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply

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

    HUGS <3

  21. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm Reply

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

  22. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted December 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply

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

  23. Jayneposted December 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply

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

  24. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm Reply

    These cookies are just lovely!

  25. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

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

  26. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply

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

  27. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply

    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!

  28. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm Reply

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

  29. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I love thumbprint cookies, these are beautiful!

  30. Hollyposted December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm Reply

    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.

  31. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted December 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm Reply

    cookies = happiness. especially these ones!

  32. Bonnie Kposted December 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

    These are really beautiful.

  33. Sanjeeta kkposted December 11, 2012 at 10:35 am Reply

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

  34. A Couple in the Kitchenposted December 11, 2012 at 10:05 am Reply

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

  35. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am Reply

    These are gorgeous!

  36. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted December 11, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

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

  37. Paula - bell'alimentoposted December 11, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

    I love thumbprint cookies! The more the merrier!

  38. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted December 11, 2012 at 9:28 am Reply

    These are SO STUNNING – I love the crystallized ginger!

  39. Brooks at Cakewalkerposted December 11, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    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!

  40. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 11, 2012 at 7:22 am Reply

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

  41. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted December 11, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

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