Swedish Tea Rings – Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish Tea Rings – Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish tea rings are classic thumbprint cookies.  They’re made with a thick base of buttery shortbread, rolled in pecans and crowned with a jewel of jam.

These beauties are a must on any of our family cookie plates! This recipe originated from my mother’s paternal grandmother and we all look forward to them every Christmas.

Use your very favorite jam for these cookies.  Strawberry or raspberry, my favorite, is especially pretty, but there are so many possibilities. Make use of any tiny helpers you can solicit as they make the cutest thumbprints!

HOW TO MAKE SWEDISH TEA RING THUMBPRINT COOKIES

MAKE DOUGH:

To start, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add yolk of one egg and mix well.  Gradually add the flour until just combined.  Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop and roll the dough into small balls. You should have about 16 balls.

Swedish tea rings thumbprint cookie dough

SHAPE COOKIES:

Place egg white and pecans in two separate small bowls.  Using small spoons, roll each dough ball in the egg white and then coat in the pecans.  Use your thumb to press a hollow in the center of each ball.

roll Swedish tea ring thumbprint cookie dough in egg whites and roll in pecans
press thumb into each cookie dough ball

BAKE COOKIES:

  1. Place the cookies on a greased or parchement paper-lined cookie sheet.  The egg whites will make these cookies stick, so don’t skip this part.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees for 6 minutes and then remove from oven. Re-print each cookie center with your thumb and bake for 11-14 minutes more.
  3. Cool cookies on cookie rack for a few minutes, before adding ¼ teaspoon of your favorite jam to the center of each cookie.
add jam to Swedish tea ring thumbprint cookies

If you make these, be sure to leave a comment and give this recipe a rating! And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@lane_bakery)! I love seeing everything you create.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY THESE OTHER COOKIE RECIPES:

No-Chill Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Fresh Ginger Cookies
Cardamom Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
Cappuccino Flats

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5 from 2 votes

Swedish Tea Rings

Buttery Shortbread Base, Rolled in Pecans & Crowned with A Jewel of Your Favorite Jam!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time32 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, swedish tea rings, thumbprint cookies
Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup your favorite jam!

Instructions

  • Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add yolk of one egg and mix well.  Gradually add the flour until just combined.  Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop and roll the dough into small balls. You should have about 16 balls.
  • Place egg white and pecans in two separate small bowls.  Using small spoons, roll each dough ball in the egg white and then coat in the pecans.  Use your thumb to press an indentation in the center of each ball.
  • Place the cookies on a greased or parchement paper-lined cookie sheet. The egg whites will make these cookies stick, so don’t skip this part. Bake at 325 degrees for 6 minutes and then remove from oven. Re-print each cookie center with your thumb and bake for 11-14 minutes more. Cool cookies on cookie rack for a few minutes, before adding ¼ teaspoon of your favorite jam to the center of each cookie.



3 thoughts on “Swedish Tea Rings – Jam Thumbprint Cookies”

  • 5 stars
    Perfect recipe. The instructions are very helpful (i.e. taking out of the oven half way through baking), the pecans add great texture and flavor. Thank you for the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I have made these once before and they were wonderful! Thank you for posting. My question now is I am preping some cookies early to fill cookie tins and I wondered if I followed you recipe exactly and then individually wrapped each cookie in wax paper and taped them then put in a freezer safe ziplock bag do you think the jam or lemon curd or cookie in general would be ok…I know it’s alot of extra work wrapping and such but it’s ok I am portioned for a few people so it keeps it organized. Thoughts welcome. Thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer! I have definitely frozen these Swedish tea rings fully assembled, for that very reason, and they’ve done well for short periods (two weeks max). That said, the jam sometimes sticks to the wax paper and they may not look as pretty but they’ll still taste great! You could also freeze them without the jam and fill the centers right before you prepare the cookie tins. Way to get an early start! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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