Cherry Thumbprint Christmas Cookie Recipe
This Cherry Thumbprint Christmas Cookie recipe is a
variation on the traditional thumbprint cookie – small rolled cookies with
wells pressed in the center, filled with a scrumptious topping. While old-fashioned
thumbprint cookies typically hold jam and jellies, these cookies feature a
festive candied cherry in the center.
Prep time: 30-40 minutes
Bake time: 10-12 minutes
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
½ cup butter or margarine, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg, separated
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Candied cherries (red or green), cut in half
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease baking sheets.
- In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour and salt. Set
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed,
cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl continually,
about 1-2 minutes.
- Add egg yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
- Reduce speed to low. Gradually stir flour mixture into
creamed mixture a bit at a time until well blended, scraping the bowl
constantly, until well mixed. Dough will be thick.
- In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy.
- Set chopped pecans in a separate bowl next to the egg white
- Scoop dough into large, marble-sized balls. Roll balls in
between the palms of your hands until smooth. Set the balls in the bowl with
beaten egg white, 3 or 4 at a time, to coat. Transfer balls to the bowl
containing the chopped pecans. Use a spoon to gently roll balls, making sure
they are completely covered with nuts.
- Place balls on baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Press your
thumb in the center of each ball, leaving a slight indentation. Place a candied cherry half in the
indentation, pressing it down slightly to secure it in the cookie.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they are set but
have not begun to brown. Remove baking sheets from the oven.
- Let cookies cool for a minute on baking sheets before using
a spatula to remove them from the sheet to a cooling rack.
- Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
A Special Tip from
You will have the greatest success with this Cherry
Thumbprint Christmas Cookie recipe when you do two things:
1. Make sure balls are no more than 1 inch in diameter,
closer to ½ inch or ¾ inch.
2. Chop the pecans very finely to ensure that they adhere to
the cookies and cover them completely before you press your thumbprint in the
center. You may even wish to pulse them in a food processor to pulverize them.
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