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Cranberry Chai Spice Thumbprint Cookies

These Chai Spice Thumbprint Cookies are filling with cinnamon-y goodness, along with a sweet cranberry orange compote.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: cookies
Servings: 18 -20
Author: Erin


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar

for the filling:

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 blood orange peeled and seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger or more to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Next, add the egg and vanilla to that bowl and stir to combine.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients into the same bowl and stir.
  • Next, pour cane sugar out onto a plate and set aside.
  • Using your hands, form cookie dough into balls, then roll the balls into the cane sugar, then place them on a baking sheet (you may need 2!). Using your thumb, gently press down into the center of each cookie, forming the thumbprint cookie.
  • Place baking sheet(s) in the oven and bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are slightly golden on the bottom, but be careful not to over-bake.
  • As soon as you put the cookies in the oven, start to make the filling.
  • Add all filling ingredients to a saucepan over the stovetop on medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break down the orange and cranberries. Once mixture comes to a low boil, reduce heat to a simmer until the mixture thickens and a compote or jam forms.
  • Once cookies are done, remove them from the oven and wait a couple minutes before using your thumb to press down on them again, making sure there's enough room in each cookie to fill them with the blood orange jam.
  • Next, spoon our a small amount--approx. 1 tbsp--of jam into each cookie, and then place the cookies back into the oven and bake them for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and onto a cooling rack.
  • Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and/or orange zest before serving, and enjoy!