CORAL ISLAND COOKIES - Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

also known as Thumbprint Cookies
This is my second favorite cookie of all time, my favorite being my Mom's Gingersnap Cookies.  My Mom had this recipe handwritten in her recipe book since before I was born and I have no idea where she got the recipe from and really don't care!  Mom made these with mixed fruit jelly and I loved them but I usually use seedless blackberry or boysenberry jam.  They are rich, buttery and literally melt in your mouth and I crave these at least once a week.

I don't like, nor have the time, to bake that much but I have solved that problem simply by quadrupling the recipe and freezing the dough for later baking.  I usually go through to the step of rolling the dough into balls then freeze the individual balls on a cookie sheet.  Then I bag them up by 6 or 8 so I can just defrost a bag whenever I have a craving!
CHOCOLATE THUMBPRINT COOKIES: Yes! You can omit the jelly, bake the cookies and the moment you take the cookies out of the oven press a chocolate kiss into the cookie! Don't press the chocolate kiss in before baking - it burns the chocolate.


2/3 C. Butter
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-1/3 C. Sifted Flour
Your Favorite Jelly or Jam
1 Egg Yolk (reserve the egg white)
1/3 C. Brown Sugar
Optional: Chopped Pecans or Other Nut

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease your cookie sheet(s) or line them with parchment. (I prefer parchment as it keeps the cookie bottom from getting too brown).
  • Cream together the butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour a little at a time, blending completely.
  • Shape the dough into 1" diameter balls.
  • Place the balls about 3" apart on your cookie sheet(s).
  • Press your thumb into each cookie ball for a well for the jelly/jam.
  • Beat the reserved egg white until foamy and brush on top of the cookies.
  • Spoon in the jam or jelly.
  • Sprinkle on the optional chopped nuts.
  • Bake 12 - 15 minutes.
Enjoy and send a little "hello" up to my Mom while you enjoy them - I think she would like that!

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