Berry-Sage Thumbprints


Sage and cornmeal add a savory taste to these pretty butter cookies.

Berry-Sage Thumbprints
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
60 cookies


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried sage, crushed*

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¾ cup blackberry preserves

  • Fresh blackberries (optional)

  • Chopped fresh sage or crushed dried sage (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sage, and baking powder. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks, lemon peel, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour mixture.

  3. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly press the tip of your thumb into the center of each ball. Fill the centers with about 1/4 teaspoon blackberry preserves. Bake about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely. If desired, top each with a fresh blackberry and/or sage just before serving. Makes about 60 cookies.

*For Fresh Sage

Substitute 1 Tbsp. fresh sage, finely chopped for the dried

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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