Classic Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint cookies are a classic Holiday cookie that should be on every plate! I use pecans or walnuts and fill them with seedless raspberry and mint jelly!

How to Make Classic Thumbprint Cookies


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When I was little, thumbprints were my favorite cookies (I used to call them thimble cookies).  While I really liked Nanaimo Bars and Shortbread Cookies, I always went for the Thumbprint cookies first.

My mom used to fill half of them with raspberry jam and the other half with mint jelly so they were red and green.   I’ve made these with both pecans and walnuts and both are great!  Some recipes for thumbprint cookies call for all butter and some call for all shortening.  I definitely prefer a combination of both as it gives the best texture and flavor.

Thumbprint cookies are a classic Holiday cookie that should be on every plate! I use pecans or walnuts and fill them with seedless raspberry and mint jelly!

Once you remove your cookies from the oven, you may need to press the indent again while they’re still soft.  I place the jam in a sandwich bag and snip off the corner to make filling them easy!

 Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Walnuts (or pecans) * Seedless Jam * Vegetable Shortening *

Classic Thumbprint Cookies

When I was little, thumbprints were my favorite cookies (I used to call them thimble cookies) .  While I really liked Nanaimo Bars and Shortbread Cookies, I always went for the Thumbprint cookies first.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg , divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • seedless raspberry jam

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, shortening and brown sugar on medium until fluffy. Add egg yolk & vanilla.
  3. Combine flour and salt and add in a little at a time until incorporated.
  4. Beat egg white in a small bowl. Divide dough into 16 pieces and roll into balls. Dip each ball in the egg whites and then into the nut mixture pressing to adhere.
  5. Place each ball of dough about 2″ apart and using the end of a spoon or your thumb, make an indentation in each cookie. Freeze 15-20 minutes.
  6. Bake 16-18 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and fill with jam. Cool completely.

Notes:

Pecans can be substituted for walnuts.

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Thumbprint cookies are a classic Holiday cookie that should be on every Christmas cookie plate! You can use either pecans or walnuts and fill them with seedless raspberry and mint jelly!

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6 comments on “Classic Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. Delicious !

    Rating: 5
  2. Can I make the dough ahead of time?

  3. Anyone tried substituting shortning with coconut oil?

  4. Oh baby. The best cookie, they serve this in heaven.

  5. These cookies were delicious, but when they cooled they became really fragile and crumbled when picked up. I followed directions exactly.

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