Thursday, June 11, 2009

THUMBPRINT COOKIES

My hubby is a cookie-aholic...he has to have cookies around! This classic cookie is his second favorite (right behind peanut butter). When the kids were little, I only made these around the holidays, however, since I find myself making a lot of jam in the summer, I've been making these more often. This batch was made with raspberry-red currant jam (both grow in the woods around our house).

1& 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup white sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/3 cup favorite jam

Beat the butter for 30 seconds; add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla, mix well. Stir dry ingredients together and add to to butter mixture, beat until well blended.

Shape pieces of dough into one inch balls and coat them with egg whites and then roll them in chopped nuts. Place them on a UNgreased cookie sheet and use your finger to make an indentation in the center of the cookie (I know it says "thumbprint" but your finger works better lol). Set the cookie sheet in the fridge to chill for half hour or so (or freezer for 15 minutes).

Bake for 17-20 minutes in preheated 350 oven, or until golden. Cool on wire rack. When the cookies are cool, fill the depression with 1/4 teaspoon of your favorite jam.

Hubby's Cookie Jar Photo

18 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

You just gave me a hankering for these cookies. I make them a few times a yeear also, but after seeing this picture, Im making them this week.

Denise said...

I love thumbprints. I usually make them at the holidays as well, yours look great

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, these are a really nice uptake on thumbprints; I've never seen them rolled in nuts before. They must be just the best. Gosh, I haven't made thumbprint cookies in eons. I'm saving your recipe for a special occasion. I can see why your hubby loves them. They look divine!!

Cristine said...

Those look so delicious!

Leslie said...

Those are some cute cookies. I love the the cookie jar photo! You are lucky to have berries growing around your house.

Tracy B at FeedSack Cooking said...

I just love taking the time to read your recipes eveyday. It brings so much sunshine to my day. Every morning I can't wait until I see what you have prepared for that day. Keep up the good work. Your are wonderful.

HoneyB said...

These look yummy! I would love to make some cookies with the jam I just made too - but if I did, I wouldn't leave them alone! I'll have to enjoy cookies by looking! (at least that way they are calorie free!)

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never made thumbprint cookies. They sound especially tasty with the jam you've made.

girlichef said...

Oh, I love thumbprints, too! These look mighty tempting, Coleen!!

Delectable Dining said...

These look wonderful!

teresa said...

These are just gorgeous! I love that you can pick berries in bushes around your house!

Debbie said...

They look delicious Coleen. I usually make this at Christmas but I could really go for some now!

Carrie said...

I love thumbprint cookies! Mine never look as crumbly and delicious as yours though!

Monica H said...

i really like the addiotn of the nuts. cookie, jam, and nuts= a perfect marriage!

Gloria Chadwick said...

I LOVE thumbprint cookies. They're so good... they just melt in your mouth. I usually fill mine with apricot preserves. :)

Melody said...

I just bought some black raspberry jam in Amish country. I think I just found it's purpose. Thanks.

Ingrid said...

Mmm, these look better than the normal thumbprints I've seen. This is another fave of my Mom's though she likes hers with raspberry.
~ingrid

Kim said...

These are a family favorite, but we've never rolled them in nuts before. They look addictive.