Grandma’s Thumbprint Cookies

Our Grandma is well known for her Thumbprint Cookies. I used to look forward to our family Christmas party because I knew that her cookies would be there!  She always made them with red and green frosting but if you aren?t a frosting fan, you can fill them with your favorite jelly.

These cookies are one of the recipes out of our new Christmas Cookbook! It is such a fun book full of Christmas crafts, ideas, traditions, and of course, recipes! You can find it HERE for under $15!

Serves: 48

Grandma's Thumbprint Cookies

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of finely chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans
  • Frosting


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour and salt. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.
  4. Beat the egg whites in a little bowl. Place each dough ball in the egg whites then roll into the chopped nuts.
  5. Place them 1 in apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and press your thumb deeply into the center of your cookie.
  6. Bake about 10 minutes or until it is light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cool. Fill with your favorite frosting.
  7. Makes 48 cookies

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