Prickly Pear Thumbprint Cookies

These Prickly Pear Thumbprint cookies add a little different flair to my Christmas box of cookies. It is also a great addition to the recipes I have made with my prickly pear jelly!

Honestly every dessert I have made with my prickly pear jelly has turned out surprisingly great. It has its obvious sweet taste, but with the added little tangy sour that makes it unique. These are pretty easy to make too. Just really sugar cookies cooked with prickly pear jelly in the middle. Don’t let the ease of the recipe discourage you though because these cookies will have you running back to eat the whole plate!

Prickly Pear Thumbprint Cookies

Another delicious way to use your prickly pear jelly!
Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time1 hour 26 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American, Cookies, Dessert, Prickly Pear
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Sophie May



  • Combine cookie mix, egg, and salted butter. Mix until fully incorporated/smooth.
  • Chill for 30 minutes. This will make the dough less sticky to handle.
  • Place sugar in a small bowl.
  • Scoop 1 T sized balls, roll until round, and then roll them in sugar until coated. Set on a parchment lined cookie sheet(s) 2 inches apart.
  • Press an indent in the top of your cookie with your thumb to almost make a bowl shape.
  • Chill for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a bowl, microwave jam for 10 seconds or until jelly is stir-able.
  • Spoon jelly into the indent of the cookies. Don't overfill, just to the top.
  • Bake for 11 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

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