Poppy Seed Thumbprints

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I love thumbprint cookies, and these Poppy Seed Thumbprints are just special enough to make a great treat for Valentine’s Day.  To make them extra special, roll your cookies in sugar before baking.

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Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur like Grand Mariner or if you prefer not to use alcohol, you can use orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup red current jelly or your favorite flavor - I made mine with homemade blackberry jelly


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg yolks, liqueur, and zest, beating until well mixed. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  4. Add flour, salt and poppy seeds. Beat until well mixed. - This is the driest cookie dough I have ever worked with, but don't worry, the results are great.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, placing 2-inches apart on your cookie sheet.
  6. Roll in sugar (optional)
  7. Make an indention in the center of each cookie with your thumb, or the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake 9-11 minutes, until bottom edges are lightly browned.
  9. If indention puffs up while baking, press back down as soon as you remove the cookies from the oven.
  10. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Melt jelly - you can do this by microwaving it small amounts on high for 30-45 seconds.
  12. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of melted jelly into each of your cookies. Allow jelly to cool.

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