Holiday Shortbread Thimble Cookie


These holiday shortbread thimble cookies made with nuts and jam or jelly are a delicious Christmas treat that everyone loves.

These delicious cookies have been baked in my family at Christmas for generations.


butter softened, sugar, egg, vanilla flavoring,  all-purpose flour, Chopped nuts or shredded coconut, red or green jelly or jam


Beat the butter until it is fluffy. Then add the sugar gradually and beat until it is dissolved in the butter. Separate the egg. Set the egg white aside. Beat the egg yolk with a whisk or fork.


Add the egg yolk, vanilla flavoring and flour to the butter mixture, and mix by hand until it is a stiff batter. Break off pieces of dough that are about 1 Tablespoon in size and shape into balls by gently rolling between your palms.


Dip each ball in slightly beaten egg white, then roll in chopped nuts or shredded coconut. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make a dent in the center of each ball with a thimble, the back of a small measuring spoon or your finger. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are slightly browned.

STEP four

Remove from the oven and immediately use the thimble to make the dents deeper. Fill the dents with a ¼ teaspoon jelly while the cookies are still hot. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes then remove to wire rack until completely cold. Store in an air tight container for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

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