Thumbprint Cookies

I have a confession to make: I am addicted to thumbprint cookies. Seriously, I cannot get enough of these little bites of Heaven. I recently made a batch of these cookies and, as usual, they were gone in no time. If you’re not familiar with thumbprint cookies, they are basically a shortbread cookie with a indentation in the center that is filled with jam, chocolate, or another yummy filling. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the flavor combination of the cookie and the filling. I am always on the lookout for new thumbprint cookie recipes to try. And, I have to say, I have found some pretty amazing ones over the years. Today, I’m going to share my top three favorite thumbprint cookie recipes with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 cup finely chopped nuts
5 tablespoons jam or jelly (approx.)

Heat oven to 350º. Beat brown sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla and egg yolk in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into 1″ balls. Beat egg white slightly with fork. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts. Place about 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into center of each cookie to make indentation. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Quickly remake indentations with end of wooden spoon if necessary. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack. Fill thumbprints with about 1/2 measuring teaspoon jam.

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