Monday, December 21, 2009

Lloyd's Favorite

The other day I made Lloyd's favorite Christmas cookies - Thimble cookies (or some people call them thumbprint cookies, depending on how they're made).

Here's the recipe for those delightful confections.

1/4 C. Margarine (I used butter)
1/4 C. Shortening
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.
Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.

I didn't have any shortening so I used butter instead. I found it made a nicer, softer cookie. I also doubled the recipe.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts or coconut. Place 1 inch apart on sprayed cookie sheet.

Make indent in center of each with thimble (or thumb if you don't have a thimble collection).

Bake about 10 mins. Cool. Fill indent with jelly. I usually use grape, crabapple, and mint so I have three distinct colors, but this year I didn't have any mint jelly so used raspberry, crabapple and grape instead.

And here they are. Don't they look good. You can imagine how festive they'd look if some of them had mint jelly centers. Melt in your mouth goodness.


JQ said...

Which thimble are you using?

Emtron said...

festive, but not as tasty - I never liked the greens. those look delicious, though!

JQ said...

Dude, don't pay money for crabapple jelly. I have tonnes here.

sara said...

metric tonnes no less

Mickey said...

Yes Pat they do look delish! and very festive!