Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thumbprint Cookies

Today is a favorite cookie recipe Chickens in the Road - and we have many around here. This one gets the most requests -and though we love it - we seem only have it at christmas.

Susanne over at - is featuring our favorite cookie recipes. Run over there (first get a cookie or two and a cup of tea) and visit the other cookie makers - you might just find a new favorite cookie recipe.

I use homemade jam for these cookies -but you can use any that you like. Our son especially loves the strawberry jam, the rest of us go more for raspberry. I've made them with peach jam and apricot jam, but we always come back to the berry jams.

Thumbprint Cookies

3/4cup packed brown sugar

1 ½ cup butter softened

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs, separated (or 1 egg separated and 1 whole egg)

3cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 cup finely chopped nuts

Jam or jelly

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Mix brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg yolks (or 1 egg yolk – save the white for later and 1 whole egg) in medium bowl.

Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.

Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white.

Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each. Fill the indentation with your favorite jam.

Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, or eat one or two right away – but be careful – that jam is like hot lava.

These cookies take a little extra time - but they are really worth it.


Fearless Nester said...

Thanks for that recipe! I think I'll make them with my favorite blueberry preserves. I had never seen them made with nuts...oooooh they look so good!

Elenka said...

I love those cookies, I haven't made them in years. I just copied the recipe, thanks!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These cookies look so yummy. Thanks for the recipe! Merry Christmas :-)

Crispy said...

Mom always made these with cherries in the thumb print. I'll have to try using preserves.


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Look delicious!!!

Pat said...

I'm much rather be known to have a "cookie" thumb than a green thumb. Thanks for sharing the recipe!