Grandma’s Thumbprint Cookies

thumbprint cookieWhen I first celebrated christmas, I loved the taste of these cookies. In Turkey we do not celebrate christmas. I love this holiday season especially because we celebrate it combining the american and german ones together.  🙂 My son calls these cookies ‘Grandma’s Thumbprint Cookies’. Of course we do not use the thumb of Grandma 😉

thumbprint cookieIngredients:

  • 250 grams butter (room Temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (save egg white)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy-cream
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon backing powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) finely chopped nuts (not walnuts, I used almond)
  • 1/4 cup nut powder
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • About 3/4 cup of finely chopped nuts (for the outside of the cookie)
  1. Cream butter with vanilla extract; add sugar gradually beating until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and cream.

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2. Sift flour and baking powder together, add to creamed mixture in fourths, mix until everything is completely blended after each addition. Stir in the 1/2 cup of nuts.

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3. Shape dough into 2-3 cm balls, dip into the frothy egg white and roll in the remaining nuts.

thumbprint cookie
4. Place each 3 cm apart on ungreased cookie sheets, then softly press “grandmas”thumb into the center of each. (cookie will fall apart if you press to hard)

thumbprint cookie
5. Bake at 175 °C for 15 minutes….. watch them carefully or they will get too brown.

thumbprint cookie
6. Fill with jelly, or a red /green maraschino cherry,,thumbprint cookieyummiee!!


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