And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Thumbprint Cookies

Wowza! What a month! Lots of butter, sugar and flour has been in and out of the oven. Here's to the last cookie of the series--it's a good one.

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Thumbprint Cookies
Adapted from Simply Recipes

1 c butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 t vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 c flour
1 c chopped nuts (optional)
3/4 c favorite jam (I used lingonberry preserves from Ikea)

Cream butter and sugar on high speed for 3 minutes. Separate the eggs and add the yolk and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture. (If you want to use nuts, put egg whites in a separate bowl and whisk until frothy.)

Continue to beat the butter mixture. Add flour and salt and mix until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the dough into one inch balls. If you are using nuts, place them in a small bowl. Dip the balls into the egg whites and then into the nuts. Place dough on baking sheet and gently press the center down with your thumb to make a small well. Fill the wells with jam. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until slightly firm. Let cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack to cool.

Have a merry Christmas!

My dog, as Santa


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