“A Christmas tradition in my house!”
3 dozen cookies

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup butter or 14 cup margarine, softened
  • 14 cup shortening
  • 14 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts, but pecans and peanuts would be good too!)
  • red jelly or green jelly


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix throroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  3. Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.
  4. (You may want to add a tiny bit of water if the dough seems dry; make a ball of dough-- if the dough cracks when you make your thumbprint, add a bit of water to soften the dough and prevent cracks.) Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  5. Beat egg white slightly.
  6. Dip each ball into egg white; roll in nuts.
  7. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Press thumb deeply into center of each.
  9. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown.
  10. Remove immediately from baking sheet; cool.
  11. Fill thumbprint with jelly.

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