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Jam-filled thumbprints get an extra touch of texture thanks to the chopped walnuts.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003



Cook's Notes

For softer cookies, bake 12 minutes; for crisper ones, bake 16 minutes. If you'd like, melt extra chocolate for the filling, then add to cookie centers and top with the jam. Warming the jam makes it easier to fill thumbprints.

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  • Whoozies
    2 DEC, 2010
    This comment comes 2 years after the originals...but the 2 T vanilla MUST be a typo. Use a generous teaspoonful and forgeddaboudid. :-)
  • Violinistcook
    10 DEC, 2009
    I made these following the recipe exactly, and they turned out rich and delicious! You really can't go wrong with chocolate and raspberries. Very easy to make, but very impressive-looking.
  • emank27
    28 DEC, 2008
    I made these for Christmas but decided to skip the chocolate part. I REALLY messed up the basic sugar cookie dough.. misread the amount of flour. When I cooked them they completely flattened. So I improvised... took each cookie and spread some raspberry Jam, then put another cookie on top to create a "sandwich cookie" YUM! I can't count how many compliments I received! I will make these again but stick with my mistakes!
  • meadow1ark
    23 DEC, 2008
    I had some trouble with 2 TBS of vanilla in the basic dough because the dough became bitter with only 1 TBS. So, I added 1 tsp nutmeg and a dash of cinnamon. It tasted much better. Then I kneaded in 3 TBS powdered baking cocoa. After getting the dough just right, I tried 4 options: drop cookies with chocolate chips, and chocolate chips with pecans, also thumbprints with pecans, blackberry jam, and with apricot jam. They were all wonderful! Any ideas about the bitterness?
  • Schuylain1
    12 DEC, 2008
    Can you omit the nuts in this recipe?
  • penny-sgreengar
    10 DEC, 2008
    Green mint jelly makes a great thumg print or thimble cookie filling too! Very seasonal looking.
  • KellySpears
    9 DEC, 2008
    You have to bake the cookie 1st, then let it cool slightly. Add the hersey kiss to the center
  • ldybugsrus4901833
    9 DEC, 2008
    I wonder if I could put a hershey's kiss in the impression and then bake. would it hold up?
  • kaepoe
    8 DEC, 2008
    These cookies are fun to make and also taste great with apricot jam!

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