You've probably seen cookies in the grocery store that have jam in the middle and look kind of similar. But trust me, when you make them yourself, you'll never want to buy them again (as I think is the case with most cooking). These are so simple, are great to make with younger cousins or kids as a fun activity, and make a beautiful presentation for any party. They're also very versatile and allow you to get creative with different jams and preserves. I hope you like them as much as we do!
Italian Holiday Thumbprint Cookies
Mix and Chill:
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/3 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Finely chopped walnuts or coconut to roll in
After you've mixed the butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, flour, salt mixture, cover and chill in the refrigerator. When the dough is chilled, shape into balls, dip in beaten egg whites, and roll in coconut or ground walnuts. Place on cookie sheet and indent with thumb. Bake at 300 degrees F for 25 minutes.
Fill with preserves (jellies) when serving. In this particular case, I used Low Sugar Blackberry and Strawberry preserves from our local farmers market. I especially like apricot though as well.