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sara jo's thumbprint cookies

Recipe by
Sara Andrea
Eugene, OR

Every year. We make these cookies every single year. Everyone in the family has a different favorite flavor jelly. My favorite is blackberry! These cookies melt in your mouth and I almost always make 2-3 batches at a time. I recommend mixing each batch separately rather than doubling or tripling the recipe. The gluten free version using Bob's Red Mill 1to1 Substitute is EXCELLENT, I can hardly tell the difference.

yield 18 -24
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sara jo's thumbprint cookies

  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1
    egg yolk (save the white)
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    chopped nuts (walnut or pecan)
  • 1 c
    flour (or bob's 1 to 1 substitute for gluten free)
  • jelly or jam of any kind

How To Make sara jo's thumbprint cookies

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Bring eggs, shortening and butter to room temperature. Mix sugar, shortening, and butter. Add vanilla and egg yolk. Mix to combine.
  • 2
    Combine flour and salt. Add to wet mixture 1/4 cup at a time. [Use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour Substitute to make them gluten free.]
  • 3
    Whisk egg white in a small bowl until foamy. Chop nuts if you haven't already and place in shallow bowl. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment.
  • 4
    Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Dip balls into foamy egg white, roll in nuts, place on cookie sheet and use your thumb to create a well.
  • 5
    Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes. Cool. Add jelly.