Author Notes: This is a family favorite! Adapted from Jean Pare's Comany's Coming Cookie book, I use whole wheat flour to make them a little healthier and use roughly chopped almonds to to add to more of a crunch factor.For the confiture filling, I usually use strawberry or raspberry jam since they’re a festive crimson hue and I typically have a jar on hand, but rhubarb preserve, pomegranate or bakeapple (cloudberry) jam would make excellent choices as well. Making thumbprint cookies is a wonderful opportunity to create a “quality time” family tradition by employing the helpful hands of children for rolling, coating, indenting and even filling the cookies. —SweetGirl
Makes 40 cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- red jam or jelly
- Cream butter and brown sugar; beat in egg yolks.
- In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture and mix well.
- Form dough into small (1-inch) balls; dip in egg whites to coat; roll in chopped nuts; place on baking sheet 2 inches apart.
- Create an indent in the middle of each ball of dough by pressing down with your thumb, creating a “nest-like” shape.
- Bake in preheated (325 degree F) oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and quickly press the indents again with your thumb; return to oven and continue baking for another 10-13 minutes.
- Remove from oven and fill indents with jam while cookies are still warm.
- Allow to cool completely before eating.