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Thumbprint Cookies

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COOK TIME
9 min
TOTAL TIME
19 min
SERVINGS
12-16 cookies

I did some major baking this past weekend and it felt sooo good. I’m in full on Christmas mode over here. Tree is up, lights are up, presents are…not even close to being done. Two outta three ain’t bad. 

Today I’m sharing my family’s thumbprint cookie recipe. I seriously love these cookies. Shortbread cookie with a salty walnut coating mixed with the sweet jelly. Incredible. I have such vivid memories of standing in the kitchen with my mom and rolling the dough into balls, dipping it in the egg whites and rolling it in the walnuts. My thumb was never big enough to make a good thumbprint (it still isn’t really. I think I have weirdly small thumbs) but I loved helping with these cookies. I can’t wait until Leah is big enough to stand at the counter and help. 

And this dough? This dough is legit. It may have something to do with the fact that it has 2 and 1/2 sticks of butter in it. I had to call my mom to clarify this. Yep, that much butter. Christmas isn’t meant for low cal though. Chicken and veggies during the week, thumbprints on the weekend. Balance, right? At least I’m telling myself that. 

Grab your family and form an assembly line for these cookies and have a fun time together creating memories. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this thumbprint cookie recipe. What are your family baking memories?

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Thumbprint Cookies

Today I’m sharing my family’s thumbprint cookie recipe. I seriously love these cookies. Shortbread cookie with a salty walnut coating mixed with the sweet jelly. Incredible.

Prep time: 10 min  |  Cook time: 9 min  |  Total: 19 min

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Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter (2 and 1/2 sticks)

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk (save the white)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Strawberry jelly (or any flavor you like)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes on medium/high speed until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolk (save the white) and vanilla. Mix again until combined. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
  3. Batter will be thick and slightly sticky. Roll cookies into balls, then dip into the egg white and roll in the crushed walnuts. Place on a cookie sheet either sprayed with non stick spray or lined with a Silpat mat.
  4. Once all the the balls are on the cookie sheet, this is where the “thumb” part comes in. Press your thumb into the middle of each ball and make a divot in each cookie. Twist your thumb a bit if you have freakishly small thumbs like me.
  5. After you are done pressing your thumb in each cookie, drop a bit of jelly into each divot of the cookie.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, store in an air tight container.

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