Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

Though it might not seem like a perfect pairing, the sage and blackberry in these thumbprint cookies are a spectacular combination. The recipe is excerpted from Camilla Saulsbury’s “The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book,” so the cookies come together with minimal time, ingredients and effort in the kitchen, and the end result is positively delicious!

Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

Blackberry Sage Thumbprints

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

These Blackberry Sage Thumbprints combine dry rubbed sage with blackberry preserves for a delicious and subtly sweet treat.


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed dry sage
  • 1 roll (16.5-ounce) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, well chilled
  • 1/2 cup blackberry preserves or jam


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the sugar and sage in a small dish; set aside.
  3. Cut cookie dough into 12 equal slices. Cut each slice in half. Roll each piece into a ball; roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden at edges. Remove cookies from oven and immediately make a depression in each cookie with thumb or cork; fill each with a teaspoon of jam or preserves. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.


If you'd like a cookie that's a little less sweet, cut back on the amount of blackberry preserves on each thumbprint.