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Sugar plum thumbprint cookies on Santa plate
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Sugar Plum Thumbprint Cookies

These festive sugar plum thumbprint cookies are the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa. Sweet butter cookies topped with a dollop of frosting and gumdrops and a dusting of powdered sugar will also be the highlight of your holiday cookie trays.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup POWDERED sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 container of cream cheese frosting
  • red, green, and white candy gumdrops
  • extra powdered sugar to dust the tops of cookies


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. An electric hand mixer can be used as well.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until incorporated and creamy.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter. Mix until combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.
  • Roll dough into about 3/4-inch balls, and on prepared baking sheet.
  • Lightly press thumb in center of each cookie to make an indention. You can also use the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon.
  • Bake at for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Using a pastry bag, add a dollop of the cream cheese frosting into cookie indentations and top each cookie with a gumdrop. Dust with powdered sugar.


Inspired and adapted from the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook