Iced Thumbprint Cookies are easy to make, taste great and are the perfect addition to the dessert table at any celebration.
These are our favorite special occasion cookies from the local bakery. When the bakery couldn’t fill an order for her son’s baptism, Barbara decided to tackle these Iced Thumbprint Cookies herself. And guess what? They were better than the bakery. I ate at least a dozen, so I feel confident saying this.
She turned to a cookbook that is a go-to reference for some of our family’s favorite cookie recipes – the 1971 version of Homemade Cookies by Farm Journal Editors.
Want to make them for Easter? Make the icing yellow or pink.
Want to make them for Christmas? Make the icing green or red.
Want several different colors for the same event? Simply divide the icing before you add the food coloring and go from there.
See where I am going with this? You can make these Iced Thumbprint Cookies for a variety of special occasions.
You can make this dough several days ahead of time and pull out of the fridge when ready to bake.
Iced Thumbprint Cookies
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar sifted
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour sifted
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Milk or cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift confectioners sugar onto a piece of parchment paper; then measure according to recipe.
Beat butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until creamy and fluffy.
Mix in flour that has been sifted in the same manner as confectioners sugar; do not over-mix.
Stir in pecans.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Shape the chilled into small balls and place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Use the tip of your thumb to make a thumbprint in the center of the cookie.
Bake 12-15 minutes until lightly browned and set; let cool completely.
For icing, mix 2 cups confectioners sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk or cream at a time (approximately 3-4 tablespoons total) until icing is smooth. The goal is an icing that isn't runny but perfectly spoonable. Add food coloring for desired color. Spoon icing to fill the thumbprint in the center of each cookie. Let sit until icing hardens.
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