Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  162
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  32 mg
  • Sodium  74 mg
  • Potassium  33 mg
  • Phosphorus  31 mg
  • Calcium  38 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

A quick-thinking DaVita dietitian from North Dakota named Jackie, saw the need for a cookie that satisfied the taste buds while taking it kidney-friendly for her dialysis patients. She came up with Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies, a low sodium, low phosphorus home-baked cookie that beats store-bought any day!

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jackie from North Dakota.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 3 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.  Set butter and cream cheese out to soften.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to cream cheese mixture and blend well. Form dough into a ball, wrap and chill for 2 hours. 
  5. Roll dough to 1/4” thickness on lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut with 1-1/2-inch fluted or round cutter.
  7. Place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each cookie slightly with your thumb and fill center with 1/4 teaspoon jam.
  8. Bake for 10–12 minutes.
  9. Remove from cookie sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Sift powdered sugar over top of cookie, if desired.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use any flavor of jam. Try orange marmalade or peach jam for Halloween cookies or strawberry or raspberry for Christmas or Valentine's Day cookies.
  • An alternative way to make these cookies: Roll chilled dough thin 1/8". Cut cookies with a 2" fluted cookie cutter. Cut a small hole in the middle of half the cookies. Sandwich the cookies together and fill the hole with jam before baking. Makes 24 cookies, serving size is 1 cookie instead of 3 smaller cookies.
  • After sifting with powdered sugar,moisten your finger with water and dab the jelly portion tomake it glossy again.
  • Store extra cookies in a covered container or freeze for later.

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Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

347stkr says:


Great receipes! Thankyou!

Nov. 22, 2013, 8:57 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

rabbie7 says:


These biscuits are delish!! I never had two cups of all purpose flour in the cupboard, so i used 1 cup of rice flour and 1cup of all purpose flour and they tasted like a short bread. Very nice. t t

Aug. 31, 2013, 3:29 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

mrspeel says:


Since the other review found them a little lacking, I added 1/2 t. each vanilla and almond extracts. That gave the dough some flavor. It was warm in the kitchen so I had to chill the dough in order to roll it out. My boyfriend and I think they're tasty. And yes, make your thumbprint deep so the jam won't run out onto the pan.

Jun. 07, 2011, 2:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

SmilingHoney says:


I just made these for my unit as a Christmas present. There were none left to bring home. I personally thought the cookie may have been lacking a little something but these were easy to make, looked good and everyone loved them. One tip: make sure your "thumbprint" is pretty deep. If not, the jam may cook over the cookie onto your cookie sheet.

Dec. 24, 2010, 7:06 PM - Inappropriate review?

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