Cookie Swap: Alex’s Local Jam Thumbprints

Not sure what to bring to your next cookie swap? Try this recipe from our UP Local Food Coordinator, Alex Palzewicz, to incorporate local flavor into your holiday bakes!

Local Jam Thumbprints



  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes. 
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla, then add dry ingredients in two batches until incorporated.
  5. Form into roughly 1’’ in diameter balls and place on baking sheets. 
  6. Press your thumb into the center of each ball, and fill it with jam. 
  7. Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden, 13 to 15 minutes. 
  8. Cool on the counter, and set on a paperback to absorb any excess fat while cooling. 

Recipe inspired by: Lindsay Funston, Delish, 2021

Try our other Statewide Cookie Swap Recipes!

Alex Palzewicz is TLD’s UP Local Food Coordinator. You can reach her at [email protected].