Thumbprint Cookies

Delicious cookies for the holidays!! Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint cookies; so good the adults may not share!

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Thumbprint Cookies: delicious cookies wrapped in chopped peanuts and a dollop of jelly! Festive for Christmas!

These cookies make their way to our family Christmas dessert table every year. Either via my grandma or my aunt baking them.

And truth be told, I’ve never eaten them. Not once. In all the years growing up, they were there, taunting me with their gooey jelly centers. And I always chose these peppermint puffs. Or chocolate peanut butter fudge. Or anything. Never once choosing the thumbprint cookie.

Then a month or two ago as I was unpacking some of my cookbooks and recipe cards, I came across our family recipe. Clearly it was a sign that I needed to make these odd looking cookies.

So I did. And you know what?

THEY ARE FREAKING DELICIOUS.

I’m sorry I yelled. But OMG, why have I avoided these cookies all these years? As I child, I can understand, choosing something with chocolate instead.

But as an adult? Well, there is no excuse.

I don’t know about you, but I love pb&j sandwiches. Even as an adult, LOVE them.

These cookies are a grownup pb&j. Seriously. The crunchy peanut butter shell with the gooey jelly filling. You guys….what was wrong with me all those years?

Thumbprint Cookies: delicious cookies wrapped in chopped peanuts and a dollop of jelly! Festive for Christmas!

Actually. I think I know the secret. I think my parents, my aunts, and even my grandma were in on a big secret. Don’t encourage the children to eat these cookies.

Cause duh. More for the adults to enjoy!!!

Don’t worry, my dear family, your secret is safe with me!

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Thumbprint Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, divided
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 3 Tbsp red jelly
  • 3 Tbsp green jelly

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend butter, sugar, egg yolk and almond extract. Add in flour and salt until completely combined. Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg white until frothy. Place chopped nuts into a separate small bowl.
  3. Dip each ball into egg white then roll in nuts (pressing gently so they stick). Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using thumb, gently press the center of each cookie to make an indent. Place about a teaspoon of jelly into each indent.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes, until nuts begin to brown. Cool completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days. ENJOY.

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Thumbprint Cookies: delicious cookies wrapped in chopped peanuts and a dollop of jelly! Festive for Christmas!

 

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25 comments on “Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. Ah, those cookies sound delicious! Nothing like a classic thumbprint 🙂

  2. Mir

    Must be hard to know that you spent so many years missing out on these! It’s cool, though. Now you can make up for lost time and eat a ton. They look awesome!

  3. Lynn

    What kind of jelly did you use for the green jelly?

  4. Thumbprints with green and red jelly…this takes me back to the kind of thumbprints my grandma would make! I love the PB&J twist, too!

  5. Well I guess you have a lot of cookie eating to do to make up for lost time. They look delicious. Can never go wrong with PB+J!

  6. I’ve never had thumbprints either!! OMG these look good!

  7. These are so pretty! I probably would have avoided them as a kid, too, but not these days!

  8. I love peanut butter and jelly spin on thumbprints — these are the perfect festive holiday cookie!

  9. I would totally convince the kids these weren’t worth eating and keep them all to myself! Love the peanut butter and jelly combo!

  10. These are so pretty and festive. Making holiday baking fun!

  11. Okay Aimee.. I am like you, I’ve never tried them! Should that change this year?!

  12. Super cute! I am so excited for all things Christmas!

  13. Such a fun flavor combo. Love those pretty colors!

  14. These cookies look so festive and absolutely delicious! I’d love to have them on our cookie plate for the holidays! Pinned!

  15. Super fun cookies!! Would love a batch 🙂

  16. These are so fun and colorful!!! I am rolling at your family secret…don’t encourage the kids to eat the cookies, so you can have more. I love it 🙂

  17. I’m with you on always going for the chocolate treats and not the jelly thumbprints. Now I know better 😉 Love the PB&J twist on them!

  18. I love the peanut butter and jelly combo! I remember my mom used to make thumbprint cookies, but not that combo! YUM!

  19. these would look great on a holiday cookie tray!

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