Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

My mother grew up with this recipe from her Aunt Mildred. Soft and crumbly, these cookies are really something you can really sink your...thumbs...into.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups softened margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 12 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • apple jam (strawberry is always a favorite) or jelly, of any flavor (strawberry is always a favorite)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend softened margarine and sugar in a mixer.
  3. Separate the egg whites out and blend the yolks into the mixture.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. Slowly add the flour until it forms a crumbly dough.
  7. Without overhandling the dough, use your hands to roll it into small balls (about the size of walnuts).
  8. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  9. Gently press your thumb into the center of the ball so that it flattens slightly with an indentation in the center.
  10. Fill each thumbprint with a small amount of jam or jelly (not a heaping amount or it will ooze out onto the baking sheet in the oven)!
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or before they are visibly golden-brown (they may even seem raw, still -- they won't when they're cooled) Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I whipped up a batch of these for a bake sale and just tasted one. I doubt all of these are going to make it to the sale! Very good flavor and an excellent texture. These were extremely easy to make and the ingredients are ones that always are on hand. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

PetesNina September 06, 2006

mmmmm, I used butter, raspberry jam, and almond flavouring instead of vanilla. I also used a mix of icing sugar, almond icing and water, drizzled this icing over top and let let. Were wonderful....!

skunk galloway November 13, 2004

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