Savory Parmesan Thumbprints

Savory Parmesan Thumbprints

These cheesy shortbread rounds are perfectly paired with a sweet & savory jam topping.

35 min. prep time
48 cookies
252 Ratings



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam

3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped*
2 medium (2 cups) red onions, chopped
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Tomato Rosemary Onion Jam

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 medium (1 cup) white onion, chopped
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Apricot Onion Jam

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 large (1 1/2 cups) yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Combine 1 cup butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy. Add flour and Parmesan cheese. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Mixture may be crumbly.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or back of spoon. Edges may crack slightly.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Fill each thumbprint indentation with about 1 teaspoon desired jam. Serve immediately.


To Make Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam:
Cook bacon in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned and cooked; add onions. Continue cooking 3-5 minutes or until onions are softened; add all remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just comes to a boil. Continue cooking 35-40 minutes until almost all liquid is evaporated. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator.   *Substitute 5 slices regular bacon.

To Make Tomato Rosemary Onion Jam:
Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; add onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened; add brown sugar, tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until almost all liquid is evaporated and jam is slightly thickened. Stir in remaining rosemary. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator.

To Make Apricot Onion Jam:
Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; add onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly softened; add apricots, brown sugar, honey and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until almost all liquid is evaporated and jam is slightly thickened. Store any leftover jam in airtight container in refrigerator.

Recipe Tip

- This is a shortbread-type cookie with a high proportion of butter to flour and sugar. The dough may seem slightly more crumbly and may need to be beaten 5-7 minutes or until butter coats flour and mixture comes together. If dough is dry and crumbly after beating, add 1-2 tablespoons cream or soft butter, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough forms.

- The butter in this recipe should be softened, but not melted. For best results let butter stand at room temperature 20-30 minutes before mixing the cookie dough. Or, cut butter into chunks or pieces for easier mixing.

- Package thumbprints and jam separately to give as gifts.

- Leftover jam can be used as a sandwich spread, to top brie or goat cheese, mixed into cream cheese as a dip or spread, added to a panini sandwich, or as a topping for beef or pork.

- Each jam recipe makes 1 cup.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 80

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 75mg

Carbohydrates: 9g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #15950©2013Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Friends were coming over for dinner and I like to have new recipes to try on them. I made all 3 jams they were excellent on the Parmesan cookies. I think we all liked the bacon balsamic the most. I also found that it took longer than 40 minutes to reduce, so I turned down my burner and watched it while I made the other 2 jams. I will definitely make these again.
Made these for a party last night....only made the bacon onion jam and the tomato jam as my husband had eaten our dried apricots. Everyone thought they were excellent and several friends wanted the recipes. I simmered the bacon onion jam and it didn't reduce in more than 45 minutes... so upped the heat and didn't watch as carefully as I should have resulting in a burned pan bottom. Rescued it soon enough that taste wasn't terribly affected.....but takes far longer on a simmer or else needs to be watched carefully.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Savory Parmesan Thumbprints

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.



    Starting February 15th, you will not be able to access your Simple Rewards account due to routine site maintenance. Accounts will return to normal functionality on February 29th.

    Thank you for visiting

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window