Christmas dessert recipe — Thumbprint cookies
Got your holiday baking done yet? If not, you’d better hop to it. Need a recipe that’s fun and easy? If so, fire up that oven and give thumbprint cookies a try.
They’re not too difficult to make and very festive. In other words, these are perfect to make at the last moment.
Speaking of the last moment, we at First Arkansas News have figured out a way to help people get those Christmas dessert recipes well in advance of December next year. Yes, we’ll be putting the recipes we’ve posted here in an eBook that we’ll make available for free. Stay tuned for an announcement about that.
2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice
1/3 cup jam (any flavor)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt. Gradually stir in flour. Form dough into 1-inch diameter balls. Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in nuts.
Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Just before serving, fill centers of cookies with jam. Or, fill centers with 1/2 teaspoon of jam before baking.
More Christmas recipes here. Remember — check back every day through Christmas Eve for a new recipe.
Marci Nobles, a Benton resident, is a fantastic cook. Visit her on the Internet at The Crazed Wife Blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.