Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
A Christmas tradition in my house!
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, softened
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg, separated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts, but pecans and peanuts would be good too!)
- red jelly or green jelly
- Heat oven to 350°.
- Mix throroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.
- Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.
- (You may want to add a tiny bit of water if the dough seems dry; make a ball of dough-- if the dough cracks when you make your thumbprint, add a bit of water to soften the dough and prevent cracks.) Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
- Beat egg white slightly.
- Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts.
- Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Press thumb deeply into center of each.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown.
- Remove immediately from baking sheet; cool.
- Fill thumbprint with jelly.
I made these for part of a cookie tray and was very happy with how they turned out. Great taste and the dough was very easy to work with. I followed the recipe except for the nuts. Thanks for sharing.
Very nice cookie. I used homemade cherry jelly and they looked very nice. Had to make two batched as my son and his friend finished off the first batch with no problems.
I love a cookie that looks as beautiful as this one does when I am cooking for company. Plus it tastes delicious. It's a recipe I plan on using often now that I've found it.