Holiday Cookie Edition: Thumbprint Cookies

Christmas is just a few short days away, and with that comes a lot of preparation for the celebrations!  Although I have only been home a few days in that short time I have made 15 dozen cookies and my Mother is currently discussing what other ones she wants to make (someone send help, PLEASE).  Baking isn’t my favorite form of cooking but it definitely a way to bring holiday cheer and is perfect this time of year.  This recipe is for thumbprint cookies, they are perfect bite sized cookies that have nuts and fruit and go great with a cup of tea.  They are a little tedious to make but the end result is well worth it.  These are a must have for the holiday season since they look so festive with their colored filling.  Happy Holidays from my cookie filled family to yours!!

This recipe was provided by my wonderful Aunt, thanks Aunty, but please stop giving my Mother ideas! 


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • raspberry or apricot preserves (or whatever flavor you prefer)

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. With an electric mixer mix the butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla, until creamed.
  3. Then add in the flour and salt and mix.  The dough is going to be very piecey, this is okay.
  4. Chop your walnuts until fine, food processor is the best way to achieve this.
  5. Roll the dough into a large marble ball. Dip in the egg white, then roll in the walnuts.
  6. Using your thumb, create a well in the center of the cookie.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and then fill with jam while warm.
  8. Then eat, and eat, and eat, until you never want to see another sweet again in your life 😉

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