Friday, January 7, 2011

New England Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Happy Friday!

This recipe is something I have wanted to make for awhile.  I perused many sites and finally decided on a modification between two recipes.  My kids really enjoyed them.  My husband who hates nuts didn't even mind them too much. 

New England Jam Thumbprint Cookies


½-cup butter

½-cup sugar

1/8 tsp. of salt

1 egg yolk

1 cup flour

1 egg white

Crushed nuts (walnuts or pecans) I used the walnut because that's what I had on hand.

Jam (raspberry is my favorite, but any will do)


Cream the softened butter and sugar, then mix well. Add the egg yolk and flour. Mix well. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the egg white, then in the crushed nuts. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 5 minutes at 350°F. Take the cookies out and make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill the center with jam. Put the cookies back in the oven for approximately 10 more minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Notes* In comparing recipes from websites and Martha's cookie book I decided to add a bit of salt to the original recipe.  Also, one recipe called for chilling, my dough was just fine, no chilling needed.

Have a blessed weekend!



  1. I love these kind of cookies.. so delish! I could eat them any time, but especially with a nice cup of tea. Sounds good right now. Are ya'll getting snow today? We are. Big fat flakes.

  2. These sound so yummy! I will have to try them very soon! Thanks for posting. I am also in New England and it will be snowing soon... at least that's what the forcast says :-) ~Take Care

  3. My mom used to make these every year for Christmas. Thanks for the memory!

  4. These are great. Our family calls them "thimble Cookies" because we made the hole inthe center for the jelly with a thimble!