Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Fill the "print" in each nut-crunchy goodie with a dollop of sparkling Christmas red or green jelly, a candied cherry or pastel-tinted frosting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.
  4. Shape dough by teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls.
  5. Beat egg white slightly.
  6. Dip each dough ball into egg white; roll in nuts.
  7. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet; press thumb deeply in center of each.
  8. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown.
  9. Immediately remove from baking sheet.
  10. Cool; fill thumbprint with jelly.
  11. *Ifusing self-rising flour, omit salt.
  12. Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies: Substitute ½ cup granulated sugar for ¼ cup brown sugar; add 1 ounce melted unsweetened chocolate (cool) with the vanilla.


Most Helpful

Love these! First found this recipe in a Betty Crocker cookbook and nice to see it posted here for safe keeping because my old book has seen better days! I have never gotten 3 dozen out of one batch, more like 20 or so, so if someone is making these for the first time I suggest doubling the recipe to get that amount. Thanks for posting :)

Breezytoo October 05, 2008

Baking these for the first time right now. Very easy to mix by hand which is great for people with bad hands like me. Doubled the recipe and got only 3 dozen so if you want more make the balls small. I'd say a scant teaspoon or about 1/2 inch. I think they are likely better when made larger.
Using my convection oven I reduced temp to 325 degrees but ended up having to increase baking tome to 15 minutes. I also filled with jam prior to baking as I like the way it spreads in the thumbprints. They look great and smell wonderful...cooling....cooled, tasted...not bad !

123Kathy December 07, 2011

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