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Dec 05 2011

Seasons Eatings Thumbprint Cookies

Continuing my seasons eatings recipes this week I’m sharing a long time favorite, thumbprint cookies. They remind me of my childhood, I used to make these with my Mother at the holidays.  Did you still make cookies you used to make as a child?

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  What You Need

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

8 Tbsp unsalted butter (softened)

1/2 Cup light brown sugar

1 Large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup walnuts ( finely chopped)

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 Cup of seedless jam ( I used apricot and raspberry)

Parchment paper

Nonstick Cooking spray

Two small bowls

Electric Mixer

2 Mixing bowls

Melon baller (optional)

Wire cooling racks

2 Baking sheets

Before You Start: Separate the yolk and the egg into two small bowls, mix the egg white slightly with a fork, preheat oven to 350º and prepare your baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper and lightly spraying with nonstick cooking spray.

Lets Make It! In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes) add egg yolk and vanilla and continue mixing, reduce speed to low and beat in flour and salt. Continue mixing on low until dough comes together in a big ball. In a second bowl, mix walnuts and sugar. Using a melon baller or your hands, create 1-inch balls of dough. Dip each dough ball into the egg white, let excess drip off and then roll the dough ball in walnut mixture and evenly coat. Place onto baking sheets. Using your finger ( or the back of spoon), make a deep indentation in center of each ball ( do not push through) then place pans in the refrigerator to cool for about 30 minutes. Fill the center of each cookie with some of jam (do not overfill or jam will leak out while baking). Bake, rotating pans halfway through, about 10 minutes  (until cookies are golden brown)  Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 24

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  1. Ms. A

    I don’t recall ever making cookies as a child? Sometimes cakes, but not cookies. I was robbed!

  2. claudia lamascolo

    Aclassic favorite I make these every year too!

  3. small Kucing

    when i was a child biscuit like these are considered a luxury. What we usually have is those Jacobs Dry Crackers

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    My mom used to make those every year for Christmas.

  5. Deborah

    Yummy! Are your already baking or do you wait until closer to Christmas.
    I think my sister bakes early and freezes them but I’ve never tried doing that.

  6. The Single Nester

    These look delicious. I have never made them. I am not that good a baker :(

  7. RubyJeanss

    Oh I LOVE thumbprint cookies… Our daughters love making them…They enjoy using the recipe from the American Girls Samantha cookbook… In there they call them Jam Tart cookies…. Your picture is Lovely

  8. Pam@over50feeling40

    I have always loved thumbprint cookies…now I will think about them until I make some!!

  9. annie

    The only cookies made in my house as a child were Butter Balls and one time my mother made Spritze cookies with a cookie shooter she had gotten.
    My mother and grandmother were pie and cake makers mostly.
    ((Hugs))

  10. Leah

    Oh what fun indeed! I don’t recall ever making cookies or cooking with mom as a child growing up…but these certainly do look worth trying! Thank you so much for sharing! Big hugs to you my friend!

  11. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

    Thanks for visiting my blog…I am also visiting, and now, following your blog…hopefully, you will follow back!
    Your thumbprint cookies bring back a lot of fond memories of Christmas past, when my children were little. Must bookmark to print out the recipe! So perfect, and absolutely, yummy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. GraceinAZ

    I do make some of the same cookies. Thumbprints are always on my list. And Russian teacakes!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

  13. Jacque

    Yummy! I am baking today for a visit to our best customer….I think these will travel well, so I will include them on the tray of goodies!

  14. Dee

    I have not had these cookies since I’m a child. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Savannah Granny

    Great memories. Thanks for the recipe. Blessings,

  16. Mama Lisa

    I haven’t tried to make cookies like this in years. They are associated with many happy childhood memories. Now my oldest daughter does the baking, and I am oh-so-happy to let her. I’ll be asking her to make these. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and making me remember!

  17. brandi

    I’ve never tried making thumbprint cookies, but I remember eating eating them a lot as a child. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  18. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    I remember these, but my mother never baked. I love thumbprint cookies! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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