Thumbprint Cookies for Christmas Baking!

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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies with Fruit PreservesEvery year, I am a Christmas baking fool. I just love the smells that fill my house. The warm smell of sugar cookies, the spiced cakes and rich fudge. Yummy, yummy in my tummy! This year, I have been been craving thumbprint cookies with fruit preserves. I haven’t had them in years! They bring back memories of my Grandma when I was younger. Their house filled to the brim with family, music and laughter. Coffee, cookies and cakes that everyone handmade and brought to the table.

So keeping in the spirit of “old fashioned tradition” as well as recipes, here is the recipe I used! (Taken from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.)

Thumbprint Cookies Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
  • Jelly

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with jelly.
  5. Yields 2-3 Dozen
I did my own spin on this recipe. I replaced the shortening with butter. I also tripled the batch. If you triple it, it really comes out to 3 dozen normal sized cookies. I also used fruit preserves and not jelly. Preserves without seeds would probably be preferred. It was also better for me to put the preserves in the wells before cooking. I think cooking it with the cookie just gives them a better taste and really adheres the preserves to the cookie. Keep in mind, you CAN omit the nuts. I did and they were still fabulous!

**Things I didn’t do and wished I did. 1) Use a Ziploc, cut the tip off the corner and pipe the preserves or jelly into the thumbprint cookies. You will have a much cleaner look. A small spoon was a great idea, it just didn’t work. 2) If you have a cookie press or large tipped icing tips, you can give your cookies a much more decorative design. 3) Sprinkling them with a bit of powdered sugar also seems to be a fan favorite with these yummy treats!

Happy Baking! ~Amanda

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