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Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of Joseph De Leo

A signature Christmastime sweet, our tiny almond-flavored cookies bear the print of the baker's thumb, which is gently pressed into the partially baked cookie to create a well. A dollop of apricot, red currant, or raspberry jam fills the center. If you use fruit preserves you've put up yourself, the signature is even more personal.




Cook's Notes

When reshaping the thumbprints after the cookies have baked for 10 minutes, dip your finger in ice water for several seconds and dry before reshaping; this will keep your finger cool. Or, use the bottom of a wooden spoon to make the indentations.

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  • rimermaid
    5 DEC, 2010
    Just made these cookies - they're awesome - just like I remembered when my Grandmother made them. The only 'issue' i had - was the recipe said it makes approx 3 dozen - just looking at the amount of flour didnt think it would come close to that.....yielded about 2 dozen .5 ounces cookies. 1 inch ball (approx 1 ounce) made 1 dozen. Took out the measuring tape :-). So I halved all the balls into .5 ounce - didnt change the baking time or procedure - as I said they're 'Awesome'.
  • seraosborn
    30 DEC, 2008
    I doubled the recipe for these for Christmas Eve and I don't think I got to eat any of them, they were so good. I've been harassed for the recipe ever since.
  • Nikom
    5 DEC, 2007
    I make these cookies every year for my family. This year i have almost twice the amount of festive deserts to make for my family. I was just wondering if i can Freeze the cookie dough of the thumbprint Cookies to gain a little more time for my other deserts?
  • kashka
    9 NOV, 2007
    This is the best thumb print recipe I've ever used. I always use raspberry jam and omit the nuts or coconut but still roll them in sugar. I put the sugar on a plate and gently roll them into it. There not a very difficult cookie to make but the texture of the dough can be tricky. If it seems too runny use a little extra flour. Be careful not to overbake, they brown quickly. Reallly delicious cookies!

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