Thumbprint Cookies

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Old Fashion Thumbprint Cookies

There are several kinds of cookies and squares shown in this photo from the 1960 edition of “Better Cooking and Baking” by the Robertshaw-Fulton Controls Company. But I would like to focus on the recipe for the Thumbprint Cookies. This recipe is just like a recipe my mother discovered when I was young and it was used every Christmas. Every year, prior to Christmas, we used to have our marathon baking sessions in which we would spend an entire 2-day weekend doing nothing but baking. We stockpiled many types of cookies, fudge and my mother’s pink Divinity candy to get through the holidays. This is a delicious cookie recipe, and if you haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to. (We used jam to fill them, and I think it tastes best with these.)

Thumbprint Cookies
Temperature: 375°F
Time: 5 minutes—then 8 minutes

½ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sifted flour
¼ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Mix together thoroughly the butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Sift together the flour, and salt, and stir in the above mixture. Roll into 1” balls, dip into slightly beaten egg white, then roll in finely chopped nuts. Place about 1” apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes in 375°F oven. Remove from oven quickly, press thumb gently on top of each cookie, return to oven and bake 8 minutes more. Cool. Place in thumbprints, candied fruit, sparkling jelly or colored confectioners sugar icing.

Yield: 2 ½ dozen 1 1/2” cookies.

Last updated: Feb 23, 2010
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