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Thumbprint Cookie Bars

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Thumbprint Cookie Bars
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 40

A cookie tray staple becomes a crowd-friendly bar. We’ve kept everything we love about classic thumbprint cookies—the jewel-like dollops of jam, the soft, buttery dough—and made it far less fussy by cutting out the rolling. Plus, there’s no need for multiple baking sheets—these beautiful bars are a one-and-done wonder! MORE+ LESS-

August 24, 2018
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

Ingredients

1
pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter, softened
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1
egg
3
tablespoons coarse white sparkling sugar
3
tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon apricot, blueberry, seedless raspberry or strawberry jam

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix cookie mix, softened butter, cream cheese and egg with spoon until soft dough forms. Spread dough evenly in bottom of pan; sprinkle sugar over top.
  • 3
    Bake 19 to 23 minutes or until light golden brown. Using end of wooden spoon, immediately make 40 (1/2-inch) indentations in baked bar (8 rows by 5 rows) without going through to bottom of pan. Clean off end of wooden spoon with paper towel as needed. Fill each opening with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    Cut bars into 8 rows by 5 rows so jam is in center of each piece. Remove bars from pan. Store covered in airtight container in single layer.

  • This cookie bar is based on the popular Thumbprint Cookie, which were often called Thimble Cookies in older cookbooks because bakers used a thimble to make the indentation.

Expert Tips

  • Coarse sparkling sugar adds extra sparkle to holiday cookies and can be found in the cake decorating section at most grocery stores.
  • Cutting the bars while still warm will give a more polished look.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie Bar
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
8g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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