Thumb Print Cookies The Ultimate best!

Recipe Rating:
 37 Ratings
Serves: around 22 cookies (depending on size)
Cooking Method: Bake


1 c all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 stick of butter, room tempurature
1/3 c sugar: add to the butter and blend until light and fluffy
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (reserve egg white for glossing the tops of the cookies if you want)
3/4 c chopped walnuts (or other nut if you wish) *optional
1/2 c jam, preserves,spreads of your choosing. *see notes in directions

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Deb Crane Recipe
Well Seasoned
Eagle, WI (pop. 1,950)
Member Since Mar 2011
Deb's notes for this recipe:
This is the only Thumb print cookie recipe I will ever use. They turn out delicate and delectable! Other recipes yield dry and tasteless cookies....not this recipe! This one has never failed me. Feel free to double this recipe as you will want more! Use whatever jam or filling you desire.
Also, I just made these again with my Grandchildren. We didnt add the nuts and they still turned out great! Have the kids roll the dough into balls and poke their thumbs into them....they had a blast creating these cookies! :)
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Reminiscent of pecan sandies, these gorgeous cookies are as tasty as they are festive.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend flour and salt and set aside.
In a seperate mixer, whip butter that has been at room temperature until light and fluffy.
Add the sugar, and blend until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg yolk and blend.
Add the vanilla and blend.
Add in the flour and salt mixture and beat until blended. If adding the nuts, add them next and blend until it forms a dough ball. This is easier with a Kitchen aide blender.
With the dough, take small teaspoon size portions and roll into little balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet (or parchment lined cookie sheet)
Make them small, and space them on the cookie sheets....they grow when they cook!
Into each ball on the cookie sheet, indent it with your thumb or finger (or even knuckle)
Bake them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
Take them out of the oven. They will have puffed up a bit, and the indentation will be fairly lost at this point.
Again, indent the cookies with the back of a spoon this time, while still hot.
Place whatever filling you would like (about a 1/2 teaspoon in each cookie)
Return them to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the rims of the cookies. (the fillings might even "bubble" a bit, but that is ok.
* Any favorite jam,jelly or filling can be used in these cookies. The ones shown here, are apricot and strawberry preserves. Jellies tend to be more "runny" but will still work as well....depends on what you like and what you have on hand, but it is only limited to your imagination and tastes!
Make this recipe your own by adding whatever your family likes. :)

Seriously good cookies! And like I said, you might want to double this recipe, because they do not last long at all! :)

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user Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin - Jul 12, 2012
LOL....I would have to make a triple batch!!!
Wonderful to serve on holiday gatherings..
I have a recipe very simular..
from a Polish friend in Chicago....
ALL YUMMY!!...Hugs, Nancy
user Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin - Jul 12, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Deb Crane songchef - Jul 12, 2012
Hi Nancy! :) I had a blast making these with the Grand babies! :) They loved rolling them into balls and pushing their thumbs in them. :)
user Michelle Koletar/Mertz Mertzie - Jul 12, 2012
Lovely!!!! Thanks for another winner, Deb!
user Deb Crane songchef - Jul 12, 2012
It is the only thumb print recipe I will use after years of trying many.... I resort back to this tried and true recipe each and every time.

Thanks Michelle! Try this one, it is fail proof and very good indeed. :)

Nancy, maybe it is because I am Polish as well,because this one is a "keeper" and used in the family for a long long time. :)

PLUS, it was so much fun to have the Grand babies help this time!
I am in Grandma heaven right now! :)

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