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DIRTY THUMB COOKIES: Our Submission for the Cookie Exchange (See Post Below)

My mother used this recipe when I was a little girl and it has always been one of my favorites for a quick, easy cookie.  It’s also tasty, which is always a plus!  :o)  I have seen similar recipes over the years and the name usually varies slightly.  Perhaps, some folks are put off by the use of the term “dirty” and choose instead to call them “Thumbprint Cookies” or something similar.  You can use any flavor of jelly or jam in the thumbprint.  Perhaps you’d like a specific color or flavor to fit with a particular event (such as red for Christmas). That’s when varying the type of jelly/jam can be helpful.


Butter, 2 Sticks

Sugar, 2/3 Cup

Flour, 2 1/2 Cups

Egg, 1

Salt, just a pinch

Jelly or Jam, Enough to Fill the Thumbprints

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients, except jam or jelly, with your hands.  The dough is pliable and easy to work with.  Roll dough into equal-size balls; press a thumbprint into each ball; and fill each print with jelly or jam.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Helpful Hints:

This is a kid-friendly recipe because it has few ingredients and is easy to mix.  You can get the children involved with mixing, making the prints (just not too deep), and even filling the prints with jam.  I have found that a baby spoon holds the perfect amount for filling most prints.  When baking, I prefer to use my stoneware cookie sheet or a regular sheet lined with parchment paper.  The cookies are less likely to get too done on the bottom with stoneware.  With parchment paper, they will slide right off and into the cookie jar!  :o)


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8 Responses

  1. Cara says:

    This is just a test. ~The Friendly Frugalista~

  2. Valerie says:

    Thanks for sharing, like your site, I’ll be back soon.

  3. I look forward to trying these with my granddaughters. I suspect they are called dirty thumb because your thumb gets a little messy. 😉

  4. Staci says:

    Sounds yummy – I bet my kids will love these.

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