Grinch Heart Thumbprint Cookies

by Erin

These thumbprint cookies are the edible versions of the quote “The Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”

Grinch Heart Thumbprint Cookies #ChristmasCookies

This post was created for #ChristmasCookies week, for which I was provided complementary products by the event sponsors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Man this week was a whirlwind and yet there is no one thing on which to pin the blame. Just one of those weeks that somehow has way too much going on.

I actually took a week off from working out, which really says something because I rarely miss! I’m a dedicated 6 days a week person. It’s probably extra beneficial that it is therapeutic to me given how much I bake – but that’s a different kind of therapy!

Rolling out dough to make Grinch Heart Thumbprint Cookies #anolon #sweetssquad

I actually drew inspiration for these after seeing the “mean one” sprinkles from Sweets & Treats. I had to try them but what to make? And then I focused on the tiny hearts in the mix, and thought about how the Grinch’s heart grew at the end of the movie. So I decided to make heart thumbprint cookies but grinch fudge would also be fun!

I only did half of the cookies as thumbprints and for the other half I carefully picked out the hearts to place one in the center. Now I have pre- and post-Grinch heart cookies!

Green Grinch with Red Jam Heart Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint fact: I have always made the thumbprint post-baking but I recently discovered that many people make the indent and fill pre-baking. Funny how everyone has their way.

I prefer post because the cookies bake better unfilled. I also find that the indent doesn’t always retain its shape, which isn’t as big of a deal with it’s a round hole but I didn’t want droopy hearts. We want nice healthy hearts!

Which maybe shouldn’t involve cookies but I digress…

Grinch Heart Thumbprint Cookies cooling on a wire rack

I filled the heart prints with my peach raspberry lime jam but you can use any red jam flavor you prefer! I almost used cherry but worried that deep red color would look black on a green cookie. I think my worry was justified given how dark even this bright red jam looks! But either way they are deliciously fun.

This is my final recipe for #ChristmasCookies week but please check out all of the other amazing recipes shared this week by others and be sure to enter the giveaway located at the bottom of this and every other post I shared this week!

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Friday Christmas Cookie Recipes

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One year ago: Goat Cheese & Rosemary Thumbprints with Cherry Jam

Three years ago: Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Four years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #38 – Thanksgiving Edition

Five years ago: Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Six years ago: Pear-Cranberry Sauce

Seven years ago: Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins

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


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


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp 2% milk
  • 2 tsp Adam’s Extract vanilla
  • 1 tsp green food coloring gel
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup green Sweets & Treats "mean one" sprinkles
  • 1 cup favorite red jam or jelly*


  1. In a stand mixer or large bowl with electric hand mixer, mix ingredients in order until fully incorporated (except for the sprinkles and jam).
  2. Place sprinkles in a small shallow bowl. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls (I used my medium cookie scoop) and roll in sugar, lightly shaking off excess. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  4. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Immediately after removing from the oven, using the back of a spoon (or your thumb), gently push a crevasse diagonally toward the left side of a cookie, then rotate to press again toward the right side to make a heart*. (Be careful not to push all the way through the cookie.) Let cool before transferring to wire rack.
  6. Once cool, fill each indent with jam


*I only made half of mine thumbprints, the other half I just placed a small sprinkle heart so I actually only use 1/2 cup of jam.

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Source: Adapted from my Purple People Eater Thumbprints.

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Christie November 28, 2020 - 1:16 pm

How cute! The jam hearts are super fun and adorable! A great twist on a thumbprint cookie. And those sprinkles! Love them!

Erin November 29, 2020 - 8:03 am

Thank you! I was so happy by how they turned out, visually and taste-wise :-)

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck November 14, 2020 - 8:34 pm

Love these jammy heart cookies! So fun and festive!

Leslie November 14, 2020 - 9:38 am

My favorite Christmas cookie to bake is jam thumbprints. I finally found the recipe for the ones I had as a child. It’s all about nostalgia.


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