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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thumbprint cookies for New Year's

These tasty and pretty cookies are a staple for my family at Christmas, but I also make them for our New Year's Eve gatherings.  They seem a little complicated to make, but they are actually quite fast and easy.  Definitely faster than  making sugar cookies with all the rolling out and frosting - but these are so much more elegant.  For Christmas I usually use jewel-like currant jelly or even mint jelly, the picture shows the cookies I made this time with raspberry jam.  The jam doesn't look as showy but it is really delicious on these little morsels.  Make a batch of these for a great way to start out the new year!


1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg yolk
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg white
1 cup finely chopped nuts (I use walnuts, but you can use the nut of your choice)
About 6 tablespoons jelly or jam

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg yolk with electric mixer.  Stir in flour and salt.
  • Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.  Beat egg white slightly with fork.  Dip each ball into egg white then roll in nuts.  Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Press thumb into center of each cookie to make indentation, but do not press all the way to the cookie sheet.
  • Bake about 10 minutes, or until light brown.  Quickly remake indentations with the end of a wooden spoon if necessary.  Immediately remove from the cookie sheet to cooling rack.  Fill each thumbprint with about 1/2 teaspoon of the jam or jelly.

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