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How to Make Grammy's Thumbprint Cookies

Leanne Proctor
Sept. 3, 2013

A great "thumbs-on" baking activity for you and your kids!

These cookies were my favorite when I was a kid. My Grammy had five older granddaughters who were often invited over for sleepovers which included ice cream sundae bars and thumbprint cookies. The five of us girls would each get a turn creating a thumbprint in the cookie dough. I remember the anxiety of having to wait my turn and the satisfaction of feeling the warm dough mold around my little finger. Every time I eat these cookies it makes me think of a time when cookies and Grammy-time were the only requirements for sheer happiness. Hopefully these cookies will create similarly happy memories for the kids involved in baking and, of course, eating them.   

Bake Time: 10 Minutes


  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • ¼ Cup Butter, Softened
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts
  • Jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Separate the egg.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, shortening, margarine, vanilla and egg yolk in a medium bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the flour and salt.
  5. Add the flour and salt into the wet mixture.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  7. Lightly beat egg whites.
  8. Dip each ball into the egg whites and roll in nuts.
  9. Place about 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for five minutes.
  11. Dip your thumb in cold water then make an imprint in the cookie.
  12. Bake for another five minutes.
  13. Let the cookies cool completely.
  14. Fill the thumbprints with jam.

Tip: The cookies are best when you let them get "too big"!

Check out some more tasty treats in our 9 Easy Dessert Recipes from Care.com »
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