Thumbprint Cookies – you may also know them as Polish Tea Cakes or Butterballs.
Combining all things people love so much – butter, nuts and jam – they are classic and favorite cookies for any occasion.
And you know what? They are also really easy to make – just have a look!
To prepare the Thumbprint Cookies you need:
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (140 grams) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (100 grams) walnuts (or hazelnuts or almonds or pecans)
1/2 cup jam (any flavor you like)
1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (176 C).
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the nuts on the sheet.
3. Toast the nuts for about 10 minutes.
4. Remove the nuts from the oven and let cool.
Then chop them finely and place them into a bowl.
5. Now let’s make the dough.
In the bowl of your electric mixer mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
6. Separate the egg and add the egg yolk to the batter.
Add the vanilla extract.
And then add the flour and salt to the batter and beat until just combined.
7. On a lightly floured surface form a log from the dough and cut it into about 12 – 15 equal pieces.
8. Form a ball from each piece and refrigerate for about 30 minutes (the balls will be easier to work with when refrigerated).
9. In a bowl whisk the egg white until frothy.
10. Dip a ball into the whisked egg white…
11. … and then roll in the nuts lightly.
Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet spacing about 1 inch (2,5 cm) apart.
12. And now the funny part!
Take one well-built thumb and make an indentation into the center of each cookie.
13. Using a teaspoon, fill the cookie with the jam (if you want to make it more neat you can use a pastry bag or – like me – a small plastic bag with one corner cut off).
14. Bake for about 13-15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and let cool.
If you are planning to make these cookies in advance, you can bake them without the jam filling (in that case, reduce the baking time by a few minutes). They can be stored for about one week and filled with jam the same day as serving.
This recipe makes about 15 cookies.
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