Cardamom Fig Preserve Thumbprint Cookies

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Valley Fig Growers

Exotic cardamom and mission fig jam made with our California Dried Figs are a unique twist on the cookie plate staple: thumbprint cookies. Making a thumbprint in each cookie and filling with fig spread is super fun for young bakers.

Cardamom Fig Preserve Thumbprint Cookies

Cardamom cookies are taken to another level with fig preserves. The best cardamom cookies– this fig preserve thumbprint cookie recipe is an instant classic.
Valley Fig Growers
Servings 40 cookies


  • 2 cups unbleached white all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Mission Fig Jam
  • 3 tbsp confectioner's sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cardamom, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  • In a second bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Scoop cookies by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets leaving about 1 inch of space between each. Press your thumb into the top center of each cookie, making a deep depression.
  • Fill each depression with fig spread. If desired, chill cookies for 1 hour before baking.
  • Bake until the edges just begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then dust with confectioners’ sugar.


Recipe and photo by Bob’s Red Mill.

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