Sunday, May 10, 2009

thumbprint cookies

So, my mother, who reads this blog regularly (thanks mom!), reminded me the other day that the first thing she could remember us cooking together was thumbprint cookies. And, I think she is right. I remember in kindergarten that I need to to bring in something for show and tell for the "TH" sound and this is what we came up with. So, in honor of her and our early culinary adventures this Mother's Day I made thumbprint cookies for me, the carnivore, and my mom. I even found the old Betty Crocker Cookie Book that we used! I have no idea how it has traveled all these years with me, but it was right there on my shelf when I went to make them.

The simple recipe calls for:
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of softened butter
1/4 of shortening
1 egg (separated)
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of chopped nuts
and Jelly (any flavor)

You preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the brown sugar, butter, shortening (which is an ingredient I haven't used in years), the egg yolk and the vanilla first. You then add in the flour and salt. Next it is time to set up and assembly line. Form the dough into very small balls. Dip the balls in the egg white and then roll then in the nuts. Finally, press your thumb in the center of each to create a small well when you place them on your greased cookie sheet. You only cook them for about 10 minutes (until golden) before you remove them from the heat and add in any jelly of your choosing. I used fresh peach preserves from our favorite local breakfast place (Brother Junipers - which uses the proceeds a portion of the sales of its products to help in community outreach programs). This batch made about 18 cookies and they were just as good as I remembered. Plus, I snuck fruit and nuts, both packed with vitamins, into another dessert unbeknown to the carnivore. Even more exciting, I surprised my mom with her own batch on Mother's Day!

Do you remember the first thing you ever made with your mom? What was it? Do you still make it to this day? I suggest on the next Mother's Day or birthday you surprise her with an edible memory, maybe even a batch of thumbprint cookies. It will be a meaningful gift that won't cost you a bundle.


  1. What a wonderful way to make Mother's Day special. Memories like these really are priceless. The cookies are yummy too.

    love -- Mom

  2. I have been wanting to make these thumbprint cookies sinced CHRISTMAS!!! Yes, that's right, for almost six months now, and haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for posting, yours looks great!


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