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Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies
5.0 rating based on 12,345 ratings
5/5 (6)
Course: Filled Cookies, Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Medium
Servings

20

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Filled with jam and rolled in chopped nuts, these thumbprint cookies are easy, delicious and very pretty. These versatile cookies can use any flavor of jam or preserves, and also any chopped nuts you like. Some favorite combinations are raspberry and walnuts, apricot and pecans, strawberry and peanuts, or pineapple and macadamia.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice

  • 1/3 cup jam (any flavor)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt. Gradually stir in flour. Form dough into 1-inch diameter balls. Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in nuts. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, fill centers of cookies with jam. Or, fill centers with 1/2 teaspoon of jam before baking.

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★★★★★
The very best thumbprints ever... so easy and quick and so versatile... I've rolled them in coconut and peanuts and a variety of nut meats, and ginger marmalade and mint jelly is amazing in these.
- Gordon Parsons

★★★★★
By far the best cookie I have made for the holidays, EVER! I rolled them in chopped walnuts and used seedless raspberry preserves. So incredible!
- Stephanie

★★★★★
So easy and the taste..... incredible!
- Doreen K

★★★★★
I love these cookies and make them every year. Instead of jam I mix powdered sugar, water and food coloring to make colorful centers. They are the most requested cookie for Christmas.
- Kathy

★★★★★
best ever I make these every year
- lynn lantosh

★★★★★
These cookies are an annual "must-have!" I love (jam-filled) thumbprints so much that I’ve even tried several recipes, and so far, this has been my favorite! My only variation is that I divide the chopped nuts into different bowls, then mix in a decorative colored sugar, so when I roll them in the nuts, they get a hint of color and look a little more festive! (Yellow [or red] sugar with a red jam is a pretty combination!)
-  I "Heart" Christmas Cookies
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