Classic Rumbledethumps: A Creamy Scottish Side Dish

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These bite-sized delights, playfully named Rumble Thumbs, are perfect for parties, potlucks, or a quick afternoon snack. They’re incredibly easy to make, requiring minimal ingredients and prep time. Plus, their versatility allows for customization to suit any taste preference.


Traditional Rumbledethumps Recipe - Scottish Scran
Traditional Rumbledethumps Recipe – Scottish Scran

1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup jam (any flavor)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    3. In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.

    4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

    5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie for spreading.

    6. Using your thumb, gently press an indent into the center of each dough ball.

    7. Fill each indentation with your favorite jam flavor.

    8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

    9. Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    10. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness (optional).

    Yield: Approximately 24 cookies

    Nutrition Facts (per cookie):

    Calories: 150

  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Note: These nutrition facts are estimates and may vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    Rumble Thumbs are a crowd-pleasing treat that’s sure to disappear quickly. Their simplicity and affordability make them ideal for any occasion. Feel free to experiment with different jam flavors or add a sprinkle of cinnamon or chopped nuts to the dough for added variety.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use a different type of flour? Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, oat flour, or a gluten-free flour blend. The texture of the cookies may vary slightly depending on the flour used.

    2. What if I don’t have jam? You can substitute the jam with other fillings such as Nutella, peanut butter, or lemon curd.

    3. How can I make these ahead of time? The dough can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply roll the dough into balls and fill the indentations with jam before baking when you’re ready to serve them.

    4. Can I freeze the Rumble Thumbs? Yes, once baked and cooled, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.

    5. How can I make these cookies vegan? To make a vegan version, use vegan butter and substitute the egg with a flaxseed egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit for 5 minutes). Choose a vegan jam filling to complete the recipe.