These light, melt-in-your-mouth gems are both elegant and so much fun! Versatile, too, as you can change frosting colors to match the occasion, or even fill them with your favorite jam or jelly. They’re a bit of work as far as cookies go, but worth it!
Festive Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup shortening (I use palm shortening.)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour
- 3 cups finely chopped nuts (I like pecans.)
Cream butter, shortening, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg yolks. Mix well. Stir in salt and flour until well combined.
Shape dough into into balls. Beat egg whites slightly with a fork. Dip each ball into egg whites and roll in nuts. Place on cookie sheet; press thumb deeply into the center. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350°, or until lightly browned. Fill thumbprints with frosting.
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 Tablespoons milk
- food coloring
Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Add food coloring. Pour frosting into a sandwich baggie. Snip the corner off to pipe frosting into thumbprints.
Makes about 7 dozen cookies.
:: The handle of our pizza cutter just so happens to have the perfect round end to press holes in the cookies. If you use a tool like that, simply dip it in flour and then press so that it doesn’t stick to the dough.
:: If the cookies puff up while baking, simply press them again once out of the oven. *** Wait until they cool a bit, or use a tool like above.***
:: Empty condiment containers (think ketchup or mustard) would work great for piping the frosting.