Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

These cookies are one of the most requested. The kids love to help you make these. And they REALLY love to eat them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350*.
  2. Cream sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk.
  3. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
  4. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  5. Beat egg white slightly.
  6. Dip each cookie ball in the egg white; roll in the nuts.
  7. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  8. Press thumb deeply in center of each.
  9. Bake until light brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  10. Remove from cookie sheet, cool.
  11. Fill thumbprints with jelly.


Most Helpful

really really good, I used all butter though and filled the thumbprints with melted white chocolate and butter mixture. 2 thumbs up

Karenm3 December 21, 2002

delicious! i did however add 1 tsp of vanilla instead of 1/2 tsp which gave it a richer taste, the kids loved filling in their thumb prints with jelly!

cinderbunny August 19, 2002

Although i have always made these with a shortbread-type dough (I use Ina Garten's recipe), I decided to try a brown sugar version and chose these as they were the highest rated here. I made both kinds, using chopped walnuts and strawberry jam. Honestly, I was somewhat disappointed in both the taste and texture. They were simply okay. Not only did I prefer the shortbread type, but so did the other 5 people I asked to try both and let me know what they thought. They all said that although these were okay, they really liked the other cookie better.

Charmed December 23, 2009

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