Christmas Cookie Recipes Made With A Jar Of Jam

Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Linzer Cookies
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Once the holiday baking season is in full swing, there's one thing we'll never tire of making. Festive Christmas cookies with sweet jams, whether store-bought or homemade, add flavor and color to these holiday sweets. Use jams for thumbprint toppings, Linzer cookie filling, or to add sweetness to your dough. These cookie recipes made with jam are easy to assemble, look beautiful, and taste delicious. Here are some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes with jam to add to your list of things to bake this holiday.

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Linzer Tree Cookies

Linzer Tree Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Linzer Tree Cookies

Whatever jam or jelly you have on hand can be used as the filling for these traditional Linzer cookies. We think raspberry and strawberry are great options to add festive color. Sprinkle powdered sugar for the "fresh dusting of snow" look that every Christmas cookie deserves.

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Southern Living

Recipe: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

As far as homemade cookies are concerned, this recipe is as easy as it gets. Plus, the lemon cookies topped with raspberry jam create a sweet, tangy flavor combination that's always a winner in our book. These cookies look great, so they are a great option for cookie swaps or to place in tins and present as gifts.

03 of 06

Almond Thumbprints with Fig Jam

Almond Thumbprints with Fig Jam
Joy Howard

Recipe: Almond Thumbprints with Fig Jam

Almond flour adds an extra nutty flavoring to this thumbprint cookie dough. Fig jam adds a complementary taste as a thumbprint topping. This cookie combination will be a favorite for anyone who loves traditional pecan sandies.

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Benne Seed Thumbprint Cookies

Benne Seed Thumbprint Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Benne Seed Thumbprint Cookies

Benne seeds add flavor and texture to classic thumbprint cookies. Essentially, benne seeds are sesame seeds, adding more sophistication to a typical thumbprint presentation. This recipe makes about two dozen, so there will be plenty for the cookie swap.

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Blackberry Thumbprints

Best Cookies Recipes: Thumbprint Cookies Recipes
Photo: Oxmoor House

Recipe: Blackberry Thumbprints

Begin by toasting your almonds to add an extra touch of nutty flavoring to your dough. Allow the cookies to cool before piping blackberry preserves into the thumbprint.

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No-Bake Almond Butter Thumbprints

No-Bake Almond Butter Thumbprints
Jen Causey

Recipe: No-Bake Almond Butter Thumbprints

Only five ingredients and no baking time make this cookie recipe one of the easiest to make this holiday season. Crushed pretzels give them a unique crunchy texture, while almond butter, strawberry jam, and powdered sugar combine to form an upgraded peanut butter and jelly recipe. Chill these cookies until you're ready to serve, or make them up to five days before your event.

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