Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

My mother used to use these in one of her lessons, when she was a Home Economics teacher in the '60s.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350'.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add yolk and mix.
  4. Add flour, beat until well blended.
  5. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white.
  6. Form dough into small balls.
  7. Dip each ball in egg white and roll in nuts, place on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 5 minutes.
  9. Make depression in each cookie, the back of a small measuring spoon works well.
  10. Bake 10 more minutes.
  11. Cool, add small spoonful of jelly in the depression of each cookie.
  12. Substitutions: may use walnuts or almonds, instead of pecans.
  13. May use icing instead of jelly.
Most Helpful

These are the best Thumbprint Cookies I have ever made, and I've been making them since the 70s when I received a book called Sunburst Farm Family Cookbook (from Santa Barbara, CA). The only difference between this one and their recipe is Walnuts vs Pecans, and the addition of a 1/2 tsp sea salt. One of my family's favorites!

aloha808 November 30, 2008