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Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizer

This cheesy thumbprint appetizer is a cheddar cheese cookie filled with homemade onion bacon jam.

Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 147 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net


  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (125g) flour
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup homemade bacon jam, for filling


  1. Blend cheese, flour, butter, salt, and garlic powder in your food processor until dough is a coarse-meal texture and forms into a ball. If your dough doesn't seem to come together just keep processing until it does.

  2. Remove the dough from the KitchenAid food processor, form a tight ball, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

  3. Heat oven to 400°F.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and form 1 1/2 inch balls. Place them 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 5-8 minutes and then remove from oven. Press a bottle cap (or thumb) into each cookie and then top with about 1 teaspoon of bacon jam. Return cheddar cookies to the oven for 5-8 minutes or until cookies are golden and the dough does not appear wet.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. These cheddar cookie appetizers can be served warm, cold, or room temperature. (We love them warm!)

  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

Recipe Notes

Recipe for Onion Bacon Jam here: https://iambaker.net/onion-bacon-jam/