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

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Cherry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Glittery Thumbprint Cookies with cherry preserves and crystallized ginger could be the crowned jewel of your cookie exchange this year!
Servings: 36 cookies



  • 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.
  • Cover and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
  • 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.
  • Spoon a scant 1/3 teaspoon of cherry preserves in the center of each cookie. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 103kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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