Thumbprint Cookies

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Recipe by DoryJean54

The original recipe from the first edition 1963 Betty Crocker cookbook. This is a family favorite to make every Christmas. Nut-rich...the thumb dents filled with a sparkling jelly. Putting on here for safe keeping.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
  • 14 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup gold metal flour
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cup finely chopped nuts
  • jelly or tinted confectioners sugar icing


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (mod).
  2. Mix shortening, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla thoroughly.
  3. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
  4. Blend together flour and salt; stir into shortening mixture.
  5. Roll dough into balls (1 teaspoons per ball).
  6. Beat egg white slightly with fork.
  7. Dip balls in egg white. Roll in nuts.
  8. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet; press thumb gently in center of each.
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until set. Cool.
  10. Fill thumbprints with jelly or tinted icing.

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