Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

My Mom made these every Christmas! Everyone loves them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix margarine and sugar to creamy.
  2. Add syrup and egg yolk.
  3. Stir in flour, mix well.
  4. Chill dough.
  5. Roll into 1-inch balls.
  6. Dip in slightly beaten egg white.
  7. Roll into nuts.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  9. Press thumb into center of each cookie.
  10. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes.
  11. While warm fill center or each cookie with your favorite jam, jelly, or preserves.
  12. (I use strawberry preserves).
Most Helpful

These are quite easy to make. The only change I made was to use more chopped pecans (I found myself running out after rolling about 2/3 of the cookies.) I used raspberry preserves, which seemed to me to provide the best combination of flavours. They taste great and look wonderful as well.

Just Call Me Martha November 11, 2002

Perfect cookies!

Larry O December 26, 2001

While these cookies do look and taste great I was quite disapointed that I only got 14 cookies out of the recipe. It was also a very dry dough which had to be pressed into the palm to form rather than roll, when rolled they fell apart; after baking when trying to put the thumbprint in, some cracked. Wonderful taste but I would not make them again, not enough results for all the effort put into making them. Again, I want to emphasize they look and taste wonderful.

Derf December 13, 2004