November 14, 2010


Thumbprints are definitely a family favorite.  I've never had them with jelly as the original recipe calls for, only with frosting which my family dyed red and green each Christmas season.  I've had several this evening, and they are delicious straight from the freezer :)

The recipe is on page 124 of my 1998 version of the "Betty Crocker New Cookbook."  However, I also found the online version below of the same recipe.  I made a double batch, and wish I had quadrupled it because it would have easily fit in my standard-size stand mixer.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

1.Heat oven to 350ºF.

2.Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.

3.Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.

4.Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with frosting.