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    Thumb Cookies

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    2 hrs 19 mins

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    1 hrs 19 mins

    foodtvfan's Note:

    These cookies were originally called thimble cookies because a thimble was used to make the indentation for the jam. Another golden oldie from my 1960's recipe files, in response to a request.

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    Serves: 24



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Cream the butter. Add the brown sugar gradually.
    2. 2
      Add egg yolks, one at a time, mix well.
    3. 3
      Add flour and salt to make a soft dough.
    4. 4
      Shape dough into little balls (about one tablespoonful).
    5. 5
      Roll balls slightly in beaten egg whites, then into crushed nuts.
    6. 6
      Place coated balls on a greased cookie sheet about one inch apart.
    7. 7
      Make indentation with your thumb, or the floured end of a melon baller.
    8. 8
      Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
    9. 9
      Cool on racks.
    10. 10
      Fill indentations in cooled cookies with jelly, jam, or preserves.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 14, 2009


      I love this recipe. My mom made these every Christmas when I was a kid and now I make them. I add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract to the cookie recipe. Then I make icing with butter, powdered sugar and milk and add 1/4 tsp almond and 1/2 tsp vanilla to the icing. Instead of jam and put a icing on them. I roll the cookies in pecans though and bake them 5 mins at 375 push you thumb in the middle and bake them for another 8 to 10 minutes. The almond extract really adds to the recipe and they are soooo good!!

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    • on May 24, 2007


      These were very good, and easy to make. I rolled the cookies in the crushed almonds, because that is my preference. I also used strawberry jam, because that was what I had on hand.

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    Nutritional Facts for Thumb Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (29 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 129.1
    Calories from Fat 73
    Total Fat 8.1 g
    Saturated Fat 5.0 g
    Cholesterol 37.9 mg
    Sodium 86.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 1.6 g

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