12 Treats of Christmas: Thumbprint Cookies

Nuts and Jelly Combine for the Perfect Christmas Cookie

We continue today with the sixth of our 12 Treats of Christmas: the Thumbprint Cookie.

A holiday staple on our cookie trays since childhood, these nut-rich, jelly-filled Thumbprint Cookies are simply delightful. Simple ingredients blend to create a melt-in-your mouth explosion of flavor. They are also a colorful addition to any cookie tray, and look so pretty when sprinkled amongst traditional cutout cookies and green Christmas tree press cookies.

Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups margarine or butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups unbleached all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 cups finely chopped walnuts
Red currant and mint (or apple) green jelly (not preserves)

Yield:
Approximately nine dozen

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter, sugars, egg yolk, salt and vanilla with your stand mixer.

Add flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Blend thoroughly.

In a small, separate bowl, beat eggs whites slightly with a wire whisk.
Pour the finely chopped nuts into another separate bowl.
Roll cookie dough into balls, approximately 1 tsp. per ball.
Dip the cookies, one by one, into the egg white.
After dipping in egg white, roll each cookie, one by one,  into the bowl of chopped nuts.
This egg white coating will help the chopped nuts stick to the cookie.
Place the cookies approximately one inch apart from one another on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet.  Lining the cookie sheet with parchment paper will keep your cookies from sticking and will make clean-up much easier!
Press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie.

Bake 10-12 minutes, or until set.
Remove from the oven to cool and gently re-press the center down with the handle side of a wooden spoon.  (Don’t use your thumbs; the cookies are hot!)
All the cookies to cool and then store them at room temperatures in an air-tight container.
Fill thumbprints with jelly just prior to serving.

Enjoy!

Beth

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Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 9 dozen

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 1-2 hours

Ingredients:

2 cups margarine or butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups unbleached all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 cups finely chopped walnuts
Red currant and mint (or apple) green jelly (not preserves)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter, sugars, egg yolk, salt and vanilla with your stand mixer.

Add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Blend thoroughly.

In a small, separate bowl, beat eggs whites slightly with a wire whisk.
Pour the finely chopped nuts into another separate bowl.
Roll cookie dough into balls, approximately 1 tsp. per ball.
Dip the cookies, one by one, into the egg white.
After dipping in egg white, roll each cookie, one by one, into the bowl of chopped nuts.
This egg white coating will help the chopped nuts stick to the cookie.
Place the cookies approximately one inch apart from one another on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. Lining the cookie sheet with parchment paper will keep your cookies from sticking and will make clean-up much easier!
Press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie.
Bake 10-12 minutes, or until set.
Remove from the oven to cool and gently re-press the center down with the handle side of a wooden spoon. (Don't use your thumbs; the cookies are hot!)
All the cookies to cool and then store them at room temperatures in an air-tight container.
Fill thumbprints with jelly just prior to serving.

Enjoy!

Beth

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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