Apricot Cream Cheese Thumbprints


These always look so pretty on the cookie plates I give for Christmas.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
7 dozen


  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 cup apricot preserves

  • cup confectioners' sugar for decoration


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in lemon juice and zest. Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl; stir into cream cheese mixture until just combined. Cover and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and place them 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your finger, make an indention in the center of each ball and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of apricot preserves.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, switching racks halfway through, about 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Repeat to bake remaining cookies.

Editor's Note:

Please note the magazine version of this recipe makes a half batch.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

90 Calories
4g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 84
Calories 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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