Christmas Cookies Recipe #1- Thumbprint Cookies

I’m usually not a big fan of cookies. I tend to gravitate towards cakes and pies much more than I do cookies. However, this recipe is not only delicious (and I generally avoid desserts with jelly) but it is super easy and quick to make. This automatically makes these thumbprint cookies one of the Top Ten cookies to bake this Christmas ;)

This recipe comes from my mother – she got it from the Betty Crockers cookbook (recipe here) but we’ve revised the recipe quite a bit (type of sugar used, type of fat used, etc)

The ingredients are basic. And the process is even more simple: just mix. No need for whipping, sifting, etc. And total time to make (including baking) takes less than an hour. Ok, an hour and a half.

Try them and see what you think!

Side note: I just want to say CONGRATS to my dear and longtime friend, R, on her engagement. So excited for you! :)


1/2 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 c flour

Jelly (You can use strawberry, raspberry, grape – I used orange marmalade this time)

Mix the above ingredients together and form into log. Cut into 24 pieces and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet. Press the middles with your thumb to form indentation. Fill with a teaspoon of jelly. Freeze for 10 minutes. 

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown. 


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