Thumb Print Cookies or the Swedish Hallongrotta

Thumb Print Cookies

Hallongrotta  are popular  Swedish  cookies.   The  crumbly cookie  is  mad e with  a simple  shortbread  dough.  Raspberry  jam   in the   center  adds a nice  visual  appeal to these  cookies.  This  is  an easy cookie  to make   even  for  beginners. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Swedish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Pieces
Calories 135 kcal
Author Syama


  • 1 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 C Butter, Unsalted 1 Stick
  • 1/4 C Fine Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 3 -4 Tbsp Raspberry Jam


  1. Bring  the  butter  to  room  temperature .
  2. Take  the   butter  and  sugar  in a  medium bowl  and  mix well  until  nice  and  creamy . Scrape down the   sides  of  the   bowl a few times while  creaming.  Add the vanilla and mix well .

  3. Add baking powder and  salt to  the  flour.  Sift and  mix  well.   Add  the   flour  mix to the  creamed butter  in batches.  Mix  until the   flour is incorporated into the  butter.  Don't forget to scrape  the  sides  .

  4. Form into log.  (Notes)   Cover  tightly  with a plastic  and  refrigerate/ freeze if  using  later.

  5. Divide the  log  into 12 equal  portions.  Form  each portion into a  ball.  User your  thumb to  make a  deep indentation on the ball.

  6. Fill  about  1/2 tsp  jam in the  depressions.   If  the  shaped   dough  feel too soft  or  spreads - refrigerate until it  feels  firm (30 minutes to 1  hour).

  7. Preheat  the  oven to 400 °F (205°C).

  8. Place  the  dough  balls  2 inches apart on a  baking sheet   lined   with parchment paper or  baking  mat .

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  HT e cookie is  done  when   the  edges begin to look golden  brown.

  9. Cool in the  pan for  5 minutes . Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

    Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

This  recipe  is  estimated  to make 12  cookies.  The  calorie/cookie  is  approximate.