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Savory Thumbprint Cookies on a platter
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Savory Thumbprint Cookies

Savory Thumbprint Cookies with Bourbon Tomato Jam are the perfect appetizer for any event, great at room temperature and sure to surprise when you bite into a savory cookie filled with spicy bourbon flavored tomato jam.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 40
Calories: 127kcal



  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese grated
  • 4 ounces monterey jack cheese grated
  • 1-2 tablespoon jalapeno seeds removed
  • 1-2 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup semolina flour


  • 1 lb 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons vidalia onion chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon


  • In a food processor, grate the cheese, then add the rosemary and jalapeño and pulse until fine.
  • Cream butter, sugar and salt together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add cheese mixture and egg and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine flours and add to cheese mixture. Mix until if forms a dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. If you refrigerate it longer, let it warm up a bit so that it is easy enough to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Form dough into 1 tablespoon balls and make an indention in the center. I used the back of a melon scoop. Fill with Bourbon Tomato Jam.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until they are slightly golden brown.
  • Makes 40


  • Mix all ingredients except bourbon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil crushing tomatoes with a spoon as they soften. Cook for about 8 -20 minutes until it is thick and syrupy. Remove from the heat and add bourbon. Let cool before placing in cookies. (this will make more than you need for the cookies)


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg