Once again, another *easy* Christmas Recipe for cute little cookies, that you’ll make in minutes! They add colour to any Christmas Cookie Tray! Traditionally called “Thimble Cookies” as the imprint on the top was made using a sewing thimble…but you can also just use your thumb or finger – easier to clean up and not as messy 😛
Thimble Cookies/Thumbprint Cookies
1/2 c. butter softened
1/2 c. shortening
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
2 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg whites lightly beaten
Crushed nuts – I use walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 º F. Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Sift flour and salt; mix well. Roll into 1″ balls. Dip in slightly beaten egg white. Roll in finely chopped nuts or coconut. Place about 1″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven, quickly press thumb (or thimble) gently on top of each cookie. Return to oven and bake 8 minutes longer; cool.
Fill imprint with jam. Makes approx. 4 doz. cookies
This photo makes my mouth water. A visitor at our house once looked at a batch of my thimble cookies and said: “But only grandmothers make these!” And now I AM a grandmother . . . but I don’t make them nearly enough. It has been years.
What is Shortening?. In the thimble cookies recipe the instructions do not tell you where to use it.Thanking You.
Shortening is similar to margarine – it is used as a substitute for lard, mostly for baking.
Thanks for noticing the omission – I have fixed it now 🙂
Thimble Cookies have been a tradition at Christmas ever since I can remember. Our recipe is exactly the same as yours. We fill with jam, mint jelly and lemon butter.
My daughter-in-law made thimble cookies. and this was the first time I have ever tried them, well I got hooked, and now I have the recipe and will be making them all year. Thanks so much. Sylvia from Canada
I just wanted to let you know that these thimble cookies have become a tradition in our house. Iâ€™ve used this re ipe for years now. Thank you for sharing!