These are the number one most asked for Christmas cookies in my family. We make them every year for our Christmas party, and no matter how many we make – seriously, I made SEVEN DOZEN last year – they're always gone by Christmas!
They're a simple thumbprint cookie rolled in chopped walnuts and filled with raspberry jam. The dough has a pleasant brown sugar taste to it that is pretty much universally enjoyable. Guaranteed to be a hit with all ages :)
Let's see how to make them!
Below is the recipe transcribed (with a few mistakes haha) from my grandmother's instructions when I was 12. She knows how to make them by heart. I recommend following my more easy-to-read typed instructions below :)
Family Favorite Jelly Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes. Cook Time: 20 minutes total. Difficulty: Easy!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg yolk (save the whites)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup raspberry jam (make sure it's the seedless kind!)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Then beat in one by one: egg yolk, vanilla, salt, flour.
3. In a small bowl, whip egg whites slightly. In another, have chopped (or food processed) walnuts at the ready. Take a small scoop of dough and roll it into a ball about 1 1/4" in diameter, dunk it in the egg whites, then gently roll in walnuts until covered. Place on cookie sheet and press a small thumbprint into the center. They don't expand too much when you cook them, so just place them about 1" apart.
4. When you've filled the cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute, then use your thumb (or a small spoon) to re-poke the holes in the cookies. With a spoon, stir jam vigorously, until it has a thin and runny texture. Then spoon jelly into the thumbprints.
5. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool, and enjoy the delicious cookie magic! :D
I hope you guys enjoy this "secret" family recipe! :) They're maybe my favorite cookie of all time, and certainly my favorite Christmas cookie. It's just not Christmas without them, in my book. :)