Where I’m from, thumbprint cookies seem to have a place at every holiday get-together. For Christmas and Easter we roll them in nuts and make icing centers coordinate with the season. At Valentine’s Day, we make them chocolate. And now for Fourth of July we dress them up with star sprinkles.

These thumbprint cookies have a delicious sweet and tangy flavor. The vanilla and raspberry are perfect companions. And the red, white, blue sprinkles make them fun and ready for the Fourth!

Patriotic thumbprint cookies

Patriotic thumbprint cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • white icing
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 1/8 cup raspberry jam


  1. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until blended. Add vanilla and egg. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour one cup at a time and beat until combined.
  5. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl or dish.
  6. Roll dough into small balls and roll in sprinkles.
  7. Press thumb into center of cookies and fill with raspberry jam.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.
  9. Let cookies cool completely before icing. Pipe icing onto cookies making stripes. Top with more sprinkles.

Patriotic thumbprint cookies

ALSO TRY: Springtime lime cookies.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.