Thumb Print Cookies

Visiting with Mom, I asked her what cookie recipe she liked to bake the best (when we were growing up). Her reply went something like this. “You kids liked Haystacks. They were finicky when it rained. Shortbread; but you only bake it at Christmas.  Peanut butter – not everybody liked those. Thumb Prints. Yes, Thumb Prints were the best.”

I had to do a little looking in my hand written cook book; and, finally found them – as Mom’s Cookies (of course).

thumb print cookies

Thumb Prints a.k.a. Mom’s Cookies

1/2 cup of butter (yes butter)
1/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 egg (separated)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of coconut (fine)
Strawberry Jam (homemade is best)

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add slightly beaten egg yolks. Add flour. Mix well. Make 1/2″ dough balls. Dip into lightly beaten egg whites (frothy). Dip into coconut and place on a greased cookie sheet. Make an imprint in the dough with your thumb. Bake a 300° F for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and make imprint again. Return to the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and fill the thumb print with jam. Cool.

Tips
– Alternative Flavors
Use chocolate kisses in place of jam
Use Skor pieces in place of jam
Use caramel in place of jam and drizzle melted chocolate on top when they come out of the oven.
Use ground nuts in place of coconut.
– Other items can be used to make the imprint; however, be careful not to press too hard at the second imprint or the cookie may crack or break apart.
– Use parchment paper on cookie sheets in place of greasing them.
– Freeze them without filling the imprint. When you are ready to use them, thaw them out and fill with your choice of filling.

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