Huckleberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Montana huckleberries are similar to wild blueberries in size and flavor, but they have a special richness all their own. If you can't go there yourself to pick wild berries before the bears get them, enjoy the intense flavor in these jewellike thumbprint cookies.

Huckleberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies dusted with crushed freeze-dried raspberries
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
32 mins
60 cookies


  • 1 ½ cup pecans

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest

  • cup huckleberry jam or preserves*

  • Crushed freeze-dried raspberries (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse pecans until finely ground. In a medium bowl combine pecans, flour, cinnamon, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add both sugars. Beat 3 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg, vanilla, and orange zest. Stir in flour mixture until combined.

  3. Roll dough in 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Before serving, spoon jam into center of each cookie. If you like, sprinkle with freeze-dried raspberries.


If purchased huckleberry jam or preserves are not available, substitute wild blueberry or blackberry jam or preserves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 22mg 0%
Folate, total 9.1mcg

*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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