Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thumbprint Cookies

This recipe was my mother's and it has always been one of my favorites.

December 23rd.

Beat 1/2 cup of butter until fluffy.

Add 1/4 cup of sugar.

Beat in one egg.

Beat for a minute until combined.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Blend in 1 cup of flour.

This makes a very nice dough. I triple the recipe.

Line up the dough, egg white and ground nuts. Use any kind of nuts you like. I used a combination of walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts.

Roll a walnut sized piece of dough in the egg white.

Then roll the ball in the chopped nuts.

Completely coat the ball of dough with the nuts.

Place them on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

Press your finger in the middle to make a shallow hole. I guess they should be called fingerprints!

Bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. They should just be turning brown around the edges.

Fill the holes with confectioners sugar icing. Just mix milk with confectioners sugar until it is slightly stiff. Allow these to sit on the counter overnight before packing away. The icing needs to firm up.

The Blog Tech asked me to fess up and let you all know that no one in the family gets any cookies until all the cookie platters have been packed for the friends and neighbors. He used to think this was horrible but now I think it makes him appreciate them more.

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