Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

A Christmas tradition in my house!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup butter or 14 cup margarine, softened
  • 14 cup shortening
  • 14 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts, but pecans and peanuts would be good too!)
  • red jelly or green jelly


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix throroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  3. Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.
  4. (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.
  5. Beat egg white slightly.
  6. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts.
  7. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Press thumb deeply into center of each.
  9. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown.
  10. Remove immediately from baking sheet; cool.
  11. Fill thumbprint with jelly.


Most Helpful

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.

CJAY December 23, 2009

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.

Maryland Jim December 16, 2007

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.

! August 10, 2004

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