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Holiday Thumbprint Cookies~

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The first of my holiday cookie exchanges is tomorrow, so when sweet Jen, of The Three Little Piglets, asked if I’d guest post for her upcoming series on the 12 Days of Cookies, I knew it was just the push I needed. These thumbprints are festive and delicious.  When I asked my hubby if he liked them, with a twinkle in his eye, he replied that he needed about 5 more before reaching a verdict. I quickly packed up the 48 I needed for the party and hid them in the freezer…knowing my gang, they could disappear fast!

I hope you’ll go check out my guest post on Jen’s blog…tell her I sent you over. You won’t be disappointed with her wonderful recipes and fabulous photography.

Holiday Thumbprints…adapted from my friend Paula who had her recipe posted in Southern Living

2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Icing #1 (enough for half a batch):
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Icing #2 (enough for half a batch)
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon hot water
Food coloring/paste

M & Ms, optional garnish 
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks one at a time and mix till well blended.  Add vanilla.  Add flour and salt and mix till dough forms.  Cover and chill dough at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 300º.  Line baking sheets with parchment.  Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Press your thumb into the center of each dough ball, leaving a round indentation.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  Do not let brown.

If necessary, carefully use your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon to re-indent cookies after they come out of the oven.  Allow to cool. Fill indentation with icing of your choice. Top with an M & M if desired.
To make Icing #1, heat sugar, cocoa and milk in saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook for a couple minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla.  Allow to cool, then whip to spreading consistency.

To make Icing #2, mix powdered sugar and butter.  Add enough water to bring to spreading consistency.  Add food coloring if desired.

Makes about 7 dozen.


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59 comments on “Holiday Thumbprint Cookies~”

  1. I love the thumbprints, but with chocolate oh my! These have got to be good!! By the way, I can’t get your white chocolate raspberry cookie bars out of my head!! I have been craving them. I hope you post the recipe!!

  2. these coookies are perfect for christmas.

  3. What delicious little bite sized treats.

  4. Made my first cookie last night too~ these our a favorite, hoping to have time to get to them… looks like some lucky folks will get a few to taste love those exchanges havent done one in years, have a great time~

  5. Thumbprint cookies are so much better with chocolate! These do look perfect for the holidays. No doubt that 7 dozen will not be enough, so the recipients will be asking for this recipe-you are ahead of the game by posting it already. Cookie exchanges are so fun, enjoy!

  6. Glad you enjoy them, Lizzie…great idea for the Christmas decorating. Of course, you can eat all the M&M’s that aren’t Christmas colors! 🙂

  7. Now, that’s my idea of a thumbprint – filled with chocolate. Beautiful!

  8. Beautiful Christmas Mood

  9. Oh aren’t these cute looking cookies. I am going for that chocolate icing. Cheers to you.

  10. Aaw these cookies are so cute!!! Very Christmas-y! 😀

  11. Your thumbprints are lovely. and look so good, especially with the chocolate and M&M’s. i]m heading over to Jen’s blog, now!

  12. Thanks Liz. The cookies look fabulous, and I’m so grateful to you for taking the time to visit with me!

  13. beautiful chrismas cookies,I’m sure everyone will enjoy them,,,no wonder goes fast :0

  14. he he your hubs is quite a negotiator 🙂

  15. these look perfect and amazing!!! have a nice day dear Lizzy:))

  16. very festive 🙂

  17. cookies for christmas, i think you have own bake shop right?

  18. I admit it, the chocolate gets to me. These make a festive cookie and are so attractive. Thanks for sharing with Bake With Bizzy.

  19. SOOOO cute! I love this idea…I am just loving all the holiday ideas that I am seeing.

  20. How super cute are these? I love the holiday colored candies in the middle. perfect on the cookie tray!

  21. I love that you made them with chocolate Lizzy! Beautiful!

  22. If I were there, these would NEVER make it to the freezer 🙂 I am all about thumbprints and CHOCOLATE thumbprints are one of my favorites – no matter how many my mom made, there were never enough!

  23. What cute little cookie buttons!

  24. My all time favorite Christmas cookie! I usually use jam but I love the idea of chocolate in them!

  25. Yum! Thumbprint cookies make me so happy, reminds me of being a little kid and being so excited when my mom made them.

  26. I love holiday cookies and these are so pretty!

  27. These are so adorable! Never seen a thumbprint cookie before – guess I was missing out..haha.

  28. Good thing you don’t live with my hubby and son.. they would have eaten your entire batch of these! They look festive and delicious. How cool your friend’s recipe was in Southern Living. 🙂

  29. Loved your post at Jens and these cookies are the perfect holiday cookie kick off! I love that they are versatile, but I think I’d stick with that wonderful chocolatey center! : )

  30. yyyyuuummm that is a festive looking cookie!

  31. Beautiful cookies. Love it.

  32. 7 dozen? Wow. Wish I had 7 dozen cookies within arms reach, or even hidden in the freezer.

  33. These look so delicious! I’d totally go for the chocolate icing, and I love the color splash 🙂
    I’d eat at least 6 dozen of your 7 😉

  34. These are so cute, they kind of look like Rudolph’s nose! 🙂

  35. These are so lovely, Liz! The chocolate filling might be my favorite part! 🙂

  36. Your cookies look so yummy and festive!

  37. These look delicious and I’m off to Jens site now!

  38. These look awesome…love the m&ms on top…so festive.

  39. These are adorable yummy little treats!

  40. Lizzy look what I answer to your nice comment:)) lol

  41. Thumbprint cookies are everyone’s favorite, and yours, Lizzy is so festive, with the cream and the cute M&M candies…just perfect! I can imagine how busy you will be baking all those other cookies for your guest post.
    So funny, how you had to hide the rest of the cookies from your hubby!

  42. Oh what yummy looking and tasting cookies. Haha I would need 5 too for a final verdict. Thanks for you message on my post.

  43. I just love the name of these – thumbprint cookies! 🙂 They look so cute and tasty!

  44. These are the cutest cookies ever

  45. Hi Liz! O, I miss these. I used to make thumbprint cookies topped with apricot jam. But that was a long long time ago. And you’re so funny about needing to hide food from your folks! I hope your cookies are still safe! =)

  46. Very festive, and very easy to overeat. You may have to make more.

  47. These are so cute and definitely festive!

  48. These must be good if your friends recipe was posted in Southern Living.

    I’ve never made these before but sounds like I need to especially from your husbands point of view. I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Have fun at the cookie swap. I will check out your guest post when I get to my PC.

  49. You bet I will go for the ones with the M&M and it looks so cute and nice.

  50. The perfect little snack cookie.

  51. Dear Lizzy, Such a delicious classic cookie. Wonderful. Blessings for a beautiful day. Catherine xo

  52. I love the color and how you presented these cookies. Very Christmas-ish and perfect for this time!

  53. ’tis the season and you are decking it out beautifully with these gems!

  54. These are such sweet cookies. I have never made thumbprint cookies before. Just love these!

  55. Those are the most festive thumbprints! Love them.

  56. Lovely cookies!

  57. Ah man how did I miss these. Super cute. And linked to Bizzy, very cool. You do good work girl!

  58. I love thumbprint cookies. I’ve never seen them with the centers filled with chocolate and an M&M. Love it!

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