Thumbprint Cookies

We make these Thumbprint Cookies every Christmas. Otherwise, there’d be a revolt. 

Thumbprint Cookies

In my humble opinion, there are two baking staples to Christmas: Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies. Without them, December 25th wouldn’t be complete. I’m not even sure where this recipe comes from from exactly. I just know it lives in my mom’s pink recipe book, which is practically a sacred text of handwritten recipes.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies start out as a buttery dough that’s rolled in walnuts. After baking for about 5 minutes you remove them from the oven, press your thumb into the half-baked cookie, fill the thumbprint with jam, and finish baking the cookies until golden.  

Thumbprint Cookies

The real star of the show is the jam. Growing up, I remember my mom used blackberry jam often. When I whipped up this batch I happened to have strawberry jam in the fridge, so I went with that, however these cookies have never met a jam flavor they didn’t like. 

The only down side to this recipe is that it makes only 10 cookies. They didn’t even last the day at my house. I don’t know how they went so quickly! Okay, that’s a total lie. I ate most of them while watching The Crown. It’s probably a good thing I make them only at Christmas time. Thumbprint cookies require moderation. 

Happy Sifting!

Thumbprint Cookies
Makes about 10 cookies
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  2. ¼ cup brown sugar
  3. 1 egg, separated
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup flour
  6. ¼ tsp. salt
  7. 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  8. 2/3 cup jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter, sugar, and egg yolk. Add vanilla and scrape well.
  2. Mix in flour and salt until combined.
  3. Roll dough into balls, about the size of a tablespoon, and roll into egg white before coating with walnuts.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and using your thumb make a dent in each cookie. Fill the thumbprint with jam, whatever flavor suits your fancy, and bake for 8 more minutes or until the bottom edges turn golden.
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