Red Pepper Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

This easy red pepper jelly thumbprint cookie recipe features a sweet and savory flavor. Our red pepper jelly added to a cornmeal shortbread cookie creates a fun crumbly treat that can be made any time of the year. If you like a sweet, spicy, and savory cookie this is the one for you.

Red pepper jelly thumbprint cookies on a plate with jar of chugwater chili red pepper jelly

Cookies are always a fun treat to make throughout the year. Whether you are making them for a special occasion like a birthday or the holidays, cookies are an easy treat. There are also a lot of different cookie recipes out there from the classic chocolate chip cookie to snickerdoodles the options are endless.

Our red pepper jelly thumbprint cookie is a fun new cookie recipe. This cookie deviates from traditional cookies with its sweet, savory, and spicy flavors. This recipe makes around 3 dozen cookies.

Making the Cornmeal Shortbread Cookie Base

In a medium mixing bowl, beat ½ cup of softened butter for about a minute. 

Then add in ½ cup of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder. Mix until blended.

beaten butter with brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl

Mix in 1 egg and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla.

egg and vanilla added to brown sugar and butter mixture in mixing bowl

Add in 1/3 cup cornmeal and 1 teaspoon of Chugwater Chili Seasoning to the egg and butter mixture. If you want a little more spice to the cookie you can add in some extra chili seasoning.

cornmeal and chugwater chili seasoning added to butter mixture in mixing bowl

Now add in 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix until the mixture forms a dough.

flour added to the butter cornmeal mixture in the mixing bowl

Once the dough is ready it is time to make the cookies. Make ¾ inch balls out of the dough (if you want larger cookies you can make larger dough balls) and place them on a cookie sheet. You should be able to fit about 12 cookies on the cookie sheet.

Tip: For easy clean up you can place a layer of foil or parchment paper on the cookie sheet before you add the cookie dough.

cornmeal short bread cookie dough on cookie sheet

Using your thumb or a small spoon make an indent in the middle of the dough. Do not pierce through the dough because it will cause the filling to leak out of the cookie.

cornmeal cookie dough with thumbprints on cookie sheet

Adding the Red Pepper Jelly Filling

Now you are ready to add in the red pepper jelly filling. Place a spoonful of Chugwater Chili Red Pepper Jelly in the center of the cookie dough. Fill to the rim of the indent. As the cookie bakes the jelly will flatten out in the cookie.

red pepper jelly added to thumbprint cookies on cookie sheet

Baking the Thumbprint Cookies

Once you have filled each cookie with the jelly it is time to bake. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 10 minutes until the bottoms become golden.

baked red pepper jelly thumbprint cookies on cookie sheet

Serving the Red Pepper Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Now you are ready to serve these sweet, spicy, and savory thumbprint cookies. You can serve these cookies as a dessert to accompany your favorite meal, for special occasions like a birthday or holiday party. You can even just make a batch to serve if you are in the mood for a sweet and savory snack.

red pepper jelly thumbprint cookies on plate with Chugwater chili red pepper jelly jar

These red pepper jelly thumbprint cookies will not last that long but will become a household favorite.

Now that you have learned a new recipe using our sweet and savory red pepper jelly, here are a few other recipes that you should try!!!

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Dessert
American
Yield:3 dozen
Author:Katie Kernan
Red Pepper Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Red Pepper Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

This easy red pepper jelly thumbprint cookie recipe features a sweet and savory flavor. Our red pepper jelly added to a cornmeal shortbread cookie creates a fun crumbly treat that can be made any time of the year. If you like a sweet, spicy, and savory cookie this is the one for you.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal 
  • 1 teaspoon Chugwater Chili Seasoning 
  • 1 cup all purpose flour 
  • 1 jar Chugwater Chili Red Pepper Jelly 

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat ½ cup of softened butter for about a minute.
  2. Then add in ½ cup of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder. Mix until blended. 
  3. Mix in 1 egg and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla.
  4. Add in 1/3 cup cornmeal and 1 teaspoon of Chugwater Chili Seasoning to the egg and butter mixture. If you want a little more spice to the cookie you can add in some extra chili seasoning.
  5. Now add in 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix until the mixture forms a dough.
  6. Once the dough is ready it is time to make the cookies. Make ¾ inch balls out of the dough place them on a cookie sheet. 
  7. Using your thumb or a small spoon make an indent in the middle of the dough. Do not pierce through the dough because it will cause the filling to leak out of the cookie.
  8. Place a spoonful of the red pepper jelly in the center of the cookie dough. Fill to the rim of the indent. 
  9. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 10 minutes until the bottoms become golden.

Notes:

Tip: For easy clean up you can place a layer of foil or parchment paper on the cookie sheet before you add the cookie dough.

Calories

1075.96

Fat (grams)

44.76

Sat. Fat (grams)

23.74

Carbs (grams)

151.07

Fiber (grams)

4.30

Net carbs

146.77

Sugar (grams)

91.57

Protein (grams)

20.33

Sodium (milligrams)

1133.98

Cholesterol (grams)

177.29
Note these are estimated nutritional values and might not be 100% accurate.
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