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Savory Fig & Cheddar Thumbprint Cookies | Feast In Thyme

Savory Fig & Cheddar Thumbprint Cookies

Cheesy shortbread and sweet jam are a perfect match in this easy recipe for decadent Savory Fig & Cheddar Thumbprint Cookies.
Servings 40 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, thickly grated
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup fig jam (about 4 oz or one quarter pint)
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping


  • Heat oven to 350°F and prepare two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and cheese together until smooth. Add the egg and salt, and beat for 1 minute. Add the flour, one half at a time, and mix until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on the baking sheets, pressing your thumb or index finger into each to make a small indentation (this would be source of the "thumbprint" in the name of the cookie). Fill each indentation with a tiny spoonful of jam and add a pinch of flaky sea salt on top. Chill the cookies for an hour or up to overnight.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until done and let cool on a rack before storing in an airtight container. Serve these savory-sweet delights as an accompaniment to a charcuterie platter or just as an upgrade to your usual cookie game!


Looking for a nice homemade jam? I recommend trying my recipe for homemade Spiced Fig & Plum Jam as the filling in these cookies!