Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Cookie #5: Iced Shortbread Thumbprints

I get more requests for this cookie recipe than any other cookie I have ever made. And, I am so proud of this recipe because it is the very first cookie recipe that I developed on my own.

It's hard to explain what's so good about them - they're just buttery and soft and a little bit sweet and a little bit tart and well - you're just gonna have to try them to know what I mean.

They are incredibly simple to make, but 100% homemade - and with ingredients that you always have in the fridge and pantry. You can give them an upscale touch by using specialty preserves (I used peach preserves and crushed strawberry preserves in these), or you can keep them really easy and simple by using plain ol' jelly.

These cookies are so much fun to make with kids because they can help make the "thumbprint" with their precious little fingers.

Our lesson: Just like each one of our cookies is a little bit different, no one else in the whole world has my same "thumbprint". God made me special in my very own and unique ways.

Iced Shortbread Thumbprints
my own recipe...

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup preserves

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together using handheld or stand mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour until soft dough forms.

Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to rest on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to cooling racks or waxed paper.

In a small bowl, mix together confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over warm cookies.


  1. YUMMERS!!!! Cant wait to make a little book out of all your cookie you!!!!

  2. which preserves do you prefer??:-)

  3. I just gained two pounds looking at that photo. Oh why, oh why can't we live closer to each other so I can mooch off you?

  4. I have made these and they are FABULOUS!!! (in case people can't tell from the photo and need a second opinion!)

  5. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I may make them today.

  6. these are some of my favorites! i make them often, and get lots of requests from friends.

    and i love that i always have these ingredients on hand. they're totally easy!

  7. it is SO sweet of you to share these cookies you've developed yourself! i worry that my own human nature would hoard the recipe to have as my own to make for people, you are so sweet and a great example to share with others! what an awesome family it sounds like you have- jack's self portrait was preciuos!

  8. These look delicious, Sar! And the photo you took of them is just as gorgeous - you really have an eye for food photography!

  9. We finally made these today!!!