Iced Thumprint Cookies

Thanks to Pru at Perfecting Pru for choosing Iced Thumbprint Cookies for today’s project. Pru, I was thinking of you while I was making this because you said you chose this because you tried to make some other thumbprint cookies and they ended up in the trash. I was hoping that would not happen with mine or yours this time!

Mine did not go spectacularly well, I have to admit! First of all, the dough was just crumbs. I tried to make it into a disk and it just wouldn’t. I refrigerated it and tried again. I gave up on that and then tried to make the balls. I had some success. But when I pushed in the middle with my thumb, some of them just fell apart. Yikes. I put them in the oven and then pushed the spoon handle in them and that went ok.

These are iced with just milk and powdered sugar (and food coloring). I’ve never had thumbprints that didn’t have jelly/jam or a cherry in the middle, so this was sort of weird. Everyone agreed they were pretty, but we missed the center filling we’re used to. I liked the taste of the cookie itself, so if I made these again, I would put jelly in the middle – probably strawberry.

Thank you Pru for getting me started on my holiday baking. I have so much to do and only 2 weekends left before Christmas. Yikes! I will be baking chocolate chip, sugar cookie cut-outs, gingerbread men, Russian teacakes (which most people call Mexican wedding cakes), fruitcake (there is a secret family recipe for this and I make one to give to my in-laws and one for us), and I need to make and freeze our Christmas morning donuts. I’ve got a giant index to get done before Christmas and I haven’t wrapped a thing. The shopping is mostly done though at least! How are you doing with your holiday baking and preparations?

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10 Responses to Iced Thumprint Cookies

  1. Karen says:

    The dough on mine was crumbly also but when I started rolling them into a ball, they came together.

    They were a hit here at the office so I will be making them again.

    My post is up on my site.

    Thanks to Pru for getting the Christmas baking bug started.

  2. Looks like there’s some finely chopped nuts of some kind in these. Yes?

  3. marthaandme says:

    Yes, follow the link and you’ll see the recipe. It has pecans in it.

  4. marthaandme says:

    Glad they were a hit for you! Pru has gotten us all going I guess!

  5. I’m pleased that they turned out in the end. I find that the mixture is a bit too crumbly still, but they did hold together a lot more than last time – you were in my thoughts too Brette as I was worried that yours might not turn out well. I can’t wait to see your holiday cookies. My shopping is done, house decorated cards have been sent and wrapping has started. I just must finish off cookies which I am getting no where with – you will be my inspiration!

  6. marthaandme says:

    Oh Pru, you’re so far ahead of me. The wrapping is just looming over me at this point like a giant monster. I’ve got to get started soon. I made chocolate chip cookies last night so that at least is done. I’m trying to break the cookies up into sections – make the dough one day then refrigerate until the next and do the baking then. It makes it more manageable somehow.

  7. These look good! I don’t do any baking for the holidays, but like you, the majority of my shopping is done! Now I just have to wrap and prepare to mail all of it!

  8. sassy says:

    I made mine yesterday. We loved them. I didn’t have a problem with crumbly dough but I think my butter was extra soft which helped make the dough come together better. In fact, I didn’t refrigerate my dough before shaping it because I worried that it would become crumbly. We really liked these!

  9. marthaandme says:

    I’m glad they worked for you!

  10. marthaandme says:

    I have got to get the wrapping started. It’s going to take me forever to get it all done. At least I don’t have to ship anything, so that helps. I hope you get yours done soon!

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