More Christmas Cookies – Thumbprint cookies

Another one of my favorites.  These are really simple to make and they cook pretty quickly too.  Like all the other “Christmas” cookies from when I was little, these would only get made once a year.  They’re probably good anytime, but for some strange reason they only get made at Christmas.  My mom still makes these too, I ate some when I was home last weekend.  It’s a good recipe for making Christmas cookies you want to take to a party or to the office since it makes a lot of them.  You’ll have enough to give away and keep a nice number at home!

Thumbprint cookies (yields about 6 dozen)

  • 3 C flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ C butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Thick jelly

Pre-heat oven to 400

Measure and mix flour and salt together.  Sift 3x.

Cream butter using medium speed of electric stand mixer, gradually add sugar and cream well.

Add egg yolks one at a time.  Beat well after adding each one.  Mix in vanilla.

Turn mixer to low speed and add sifted dry ingredients.  Blend well.

Place small pieces (1-1 ½”) of dough on ungreased cookie sheets.  Make a decent indentation in center with your thumb (thus the name), one that is deep enough to hold in the jelly.  Put a small dollop (love that word) of jelly in your thumbprint.  About a spoon-tip full.  Not too much.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.


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