Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe for Thumbprint Cookies
C. Quinnell


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1 cup flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
jam or preserves


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolk and mix well. Add flour and stir to combine.

In a small bowl, beat the egg white until frothy.

Put chopped nuts in a separate small bowl.

Roll tablespoon-size pieces of dough in egg white, then nuts.

Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Let the kids put their thumbprints in the middle (even two-year-olds love this!). Bake for 5 minutes then reduce heat to 300 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes more.

When cooled, put jam in thumbprint.

*To bake these cookies ahead, freeze without the jam, then add when serving.


2 dozen cookies (recipe may be doubled).

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We can't use nuts of any kind. Is there something else equivalent?

You can omit the nuts

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You can omit the nuts completely. Try rolling the cookies in colorful coarse sugar instead.

Thumb print cookies

I can remember my mom always making these when I was growing up.

Cant wait to try

Cant wait to try

We've made these for years.

We've made these for years. Instead of using jelly..which my Mom used years ago and isn't always the favorite. We use colored, flavored confection sugar. Red, Green(pepermint) and White. Our girls have used different flavors too.

Since I live in the south

Since I live in the south with access to several pecan trees, I rolled the balls in ground pecans. YUMMY!!!