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A Christmas tradition!  I used to spend an entire Saturday making ALL of the cookies with my Gram.  We made thumbprints, jelly bars, 3 or 4 different types of butter cookies … and kruschiki.  All recipes from her Mother,  my Mother’s Grandmother, and my Great Grandmother … Anna Grosz DeSanto.  I make them all now, well except the kruschiki, but I am going to try to perfect them for next year.

This year I am giving Nana D’s Thumbprint Cookies as gifts to my son’s team … 3 teachers, 2 therapists, bus driver and bus monitor … that is a lot of cookies and I am almost out of time … I should be baking NOT writing!  Had to share this recipe, so super easy … just don’t do what I did yesterday & double the butter and forget to double the flour … BAKE FAIL!

When I asked my Mom for the recipe this is what I got … it’s better than what I got when I asked for the Rich Cake recipe (save that for another day).   My only addition is a pinch of Kosher salt, baked goods always taste better with a pinch of salt.

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Four ingredients (always the best quality you can get!) … and some decent jelly.  I make a special batch for The Chef with Monique’s Homemade Black Raspberry Jelly

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  • Preheat Oven … I guessed at 350 and it seems to work just fine.
  • In a standing mixer cream together butter and sugar until light yellow and fluffy
  • Mix in egg yolks one at a time and add vanilla
  • Mix on medium speed until creamy
  • Slowly add the flour Do Not Over Mix
  • When the dough comes together,  scrape down the sides and turn it our onto a piece of plastic wrap
  • Seal up and let the dough rest in the fridge for at least an hour … makes it much easier to handle.


This is a basic butter cookie recipe and can be made into any form … for the thumbprint cookies

  • Break off a small (teeny, tiny) piece of the chilled dough, roll into a ball and place about an inch apart on a baking sheet, indent each dough ball with … you guessed it … your THUMB
  • Fill each divot with a smidge of jelly, jam, preserves … any flavor will do.  I have used fig, apricot, raspberry, strawberry
  • Bake until “Golden Blonde”  (aprrox 12 minutes in my oven)

Note: Make sure your dough balls are tiny … look what you get if  your balls are too big, GIANT COOKIES!  Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not how we do it ….

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What are your Christmas traditions?  What smell makes you think .. “Oh Yeah, it’s Christmas”!

~ Peace