Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam

by Erin

I received complimentary products to make this recipe for #ChristmasCookies week. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jazz up those holiday cookie trays with a little some new in the form of something familiar. These thumbprint cookies are uniquely delicious with goat cheese, rosemary, and cherry jam.

Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam #goatcheese #rosemary

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I’m at it again, adding savory things to sweet treats, this time with goat cheese and rosemary in thumbprint cookies. Normally I use cream cheese or Greek yogurt so swapping them for goat cheese was not a difficult change. The slightly tangy flavor of the goat cheese pairs well with the sweet cherry jam, which in turn heightens the fresh rosemary flavor. It’s just a little love triangle in cookie form.

Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam #ChristmasCookies #thumbprints

The flavors of these cookies may not be traditional to Christmas, but I’m not one to stick to traditions. But the flavors do (unintentionally) represent Christmas colors with red cherry jam, green rosemary, and white goat cheese. Maybe I am subliminally traditional haha. What is your favorite holiday cookie?

Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam #cherryjam #holidaybaking

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Seven years ago: Streusel-Topped Milky Way Apple Butter Bread

Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam #goatcheese #rosemary


Yield: 3 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Adams vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp 2% milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup cherry jam or preserves


  1. In a stand mixer or large bowl with electric hand mixer, mix ingredients in order until fully incorporated (except jam). Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls (I used my medium cookie scoop). Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or silicone baking mat). Bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Using the back of a spoon or your thumb, gently push a crevasse into the center of each cookie immediately after removing from oven while still on the cookie sheet (be careful not to push all the way through the cookie) and spoon a teaspoon of cherry jam into the center of each cookie. Let cool before transferring to wire rack.
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Christmas Cookies Week 2019

Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookies Week And a huge thank you to our sponsors Adams Extract and Millican Pecan Company for supporting the bloggers and events like Christmas Cookies Week.

Check out today’s cookie recipes:

Black Forest Stuffed Cookies by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Bourbon Molasses Cookies by Cookaholic Wife
Cake Mix Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Love and Confections
Candied Pecan Lace Cookies by Food Above Gold
Caramel Butter Pecan Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Chocolate Pecan Thumbprint Cookies by Intelligent Domestications
Coconut Grinchy Christmas Breakfast Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Cinnamon Pecan Snickerdoodles by Blogghetti
Dark Chocolate Pecan Croissant Cookies by Daily Dish Recipes
Easy Snickerdoodle Cookie by Everyday Eileen
Fruit Cake Biscotti by Creative Southern Home
Fruitcake Cookies by Red Cottage Chronicles
Gluten Free Hungarian Rugelach by Frugal & Fit
Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam by The Spiffy Cookie
Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cheese Curd In Paradise
No Bake Chocolate & Marshmallow Stained Glass Cookies by Hardly A Goddess
Pecan Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pecan Sandies by Books n’ Cooks
Pecan Tassies by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Peppermint Blossom Cookies by Family Around the Table
Speculaas Stars by Palatable Pastime
Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies by Sweet Beginnings


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Brenda Etter December 30, 2019 - 12:13 pm

Your recipe does not offer print!!

spiffycookie January 1, 2020 - 2:01 pm

Hi Brenda, sorry for any confusion but the print button is located at the bottom of the post.

Brenda Etter January 1, 2020 - 5:08 pm

The recipe still will NOT print. A notice continues to pop up stating the print has timed out. This pops up in less than 1 second. Please fix.

spiffycookie January 5, 2020 - 2:11 pm

Hi Brenda, I am so sorry for the continued issue! Unfortunately I cannot replicate what you are seeing on my end – everything I checked indicates it should work. Maybe Adobe or JavaScript is disabled on your browser? I wish I could be of more assistance! You could try entering the link to this page into the Print Friendly website directly to see if that works, not the most convenient but worth a shot – https://www.printfriendly.com/

Susan November 13, 2019 - 11:10 am

Another scrumptious-sounding cookie. True to form, I want to find a way to make this into overnight oats. Rosemary for breakfast is something I would not normally consider, but clearly I would have to do that for these cookies if I make them into overnight oats. Then, hopefully also, my husband would be willing to eat them…

spiffycookie November 13, 2019 - 12:44 pm

If it works in a cookie I think it could work in oats! Although I admit I would be hesitant myself for no rational reason since I’ve had the cookies and know they are delicious.

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck November 13, 2019 - 8:19 am

Sweet and savory…what a treat! Perfect for a holiday appetizer!

spiffycookie November 13, 2019 - 9:38 am

I think they are still very much so a dessert but I wouldn’t object to them as an appetizer!


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