Both my grandmas made lovely Christmas cookies! Pretty sure they each had variations of the thumbprint cookie in their Christmas repertoire, so it was fun to make these in remembrance this year.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg (separate the white and yolk into 2 bowls different bowls)
1 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup nuts, roasted and chopped (I used pecans but use whatever nuts you’d like)
1/2 cup jam (I used cherry preserves but you can use your favorite)
Preheat the oven to 350*F.
To roast nuts (if they’re not already roasted) place 1 cup of them on a cookie sheet with 1 tablespoon butter. Pop them in the oven for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and stir the nuts to coat in butter. Sprinkle with salt and place in oven for another 8 minutes. Stir halfway through. Set aside to cool while you prepare the dough.
With an electric mixer (if you have one) cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy for about three minutes. Add the vanilla and egg yolk and cream together until well mixed. In a separate bowl stir flour and salt together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
If the dough appears too dry, add a splash of milk until the dough comes together. If it seems too wet, add a little more flour (a tablespoon at a time) until a nice dough forms.
Finely chop the nuts. Beat the egg white with a fork until it is frothy. Roll about 18 (1 inch) balls of dough. Dip the cookies into the beaten egg white and then roll them in the chopped nuts and place them on a cookie tray. With the bottom of a cup, flatten each cookie just a bit. With the end of a wooden spoon or your thumb, create a small indent on the top of each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and use a spoon to re-press the indentations into each cookie. Fill the top each cookie with jam. Bake another 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on tray 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
Raspberry, strawberry, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, peach, apple butter, lemon curd, fig, apricot, grape, lingonberry, cranberry, etc.
What’s your go-to Christmas cookie of choice?