Jam Thumbprints

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 20 COOKIES


Finely chopped walnuts add a deep, nutty flavor to classic buttery thumbprint cookies in a recipe adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook.


  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 12 cups flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 13 cup jam or preserves, any flavor


Step 1

Using an electric hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. With the motor running, add egg yolks and vanilla until combined; slowly add in flour until a dough forms. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Step 2

Heat oven to 375°. Grease 2 baking sheets; set aside. Lightly beat egg whites; set aside. Shape dough into 1” balls. Roll balls in egg whites, then in nuts. Place 1” apart on prepared cookie sheets; using your index finger or the end of a wooden spoon, press into balls to create a deep well. Bake for 10 minutes until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Fill center of each cookie with jam before serving.