Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies

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Santas Thumbprint CookiesI so excited!  I have the opportunity to join 29 other incredible bloggers for the 1st annual Christmas cookie exchange!

CookieTourLgI signed up for Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies.

Why Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies?  Because they are so pretty and look delicious!

I’ve never actually had a Santa Thumbprint Cookie or ever made them!

But I make great cookies.  I don’t like to toot my horn but I’m actually a really great cookie maker!  Just ask my family. 🙂

ButterSo for my first attempt at Santa’s Thumbprint cookie, here’s what I did.  Start with a stick of butter.  That’s a good start.

SugarPour in a cup of sugar and cream together.

eggDrop in an egg.

Vanilla…and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

cream togetherMix.

flourStir in 1 and 1/2 cups of flour.  I like a tall cookie and find if I add a bit of extra flour it keeps the cookie from flattening out when baking.

roll into ballsRoll the dough into 1 inch balls and arrange on cookie sheet.

Get Santa To stick his thumb into each cookieAsk Santa to press his thumb into the middle of each cookie.

use a small spoonGrab a small spoon…

Top with cherry jam…and drop a spoon full of cherry jam into the hole left from Santa.  I made sure to get a cherry in each spoonful.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  We live at a high altitude so mine baked for 18 minutes.

Baked cookiesLet the cookies cool on baking sheet for a minute, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

powdered sugarNow for a bit of wow!  Grab a small bowl and dump in about 1 cup of powdered sugar.

add fav liquorIf you’ve been bad and need to butter up Santa, grab your favorite liquor.

I went with Amaretto. {I’ve been bad}

Otherwise, if you’ve been good add water.  About 1 tablespoon.  Mix until the frosting is a bit thick.  I wanted the icing to set up and not blend into the cookie.

in baggyStuff the frosting into a small baggy and clip a corner.  If I had a fancy pastry bag….

…I would have still used a baggy.  It’s easier.

squeeze frostingI made squiggly lines back and forth across each cookie.

Now the test!

SantasThumbprintCookiesFPI did it!  Yum!  Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies!

If you would like to try these…

…come on over!

Or you can download a printable recipe for my Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies.

SantasThumbprintCookiesSQSanta Approved!

Now go add to your collection of Christmas cookies by visiting the other bakers on the tour below.

Monday, Dec. 9th

The Everyday Home

Atta Girl Says

Southern Color

All Things Heart and Home

Deja Vue Designs

Shabby Art Boutique


Tuesday, Dec. 10th

Worthing Court

Town and Country Living

Lilacs and Longhorns

Inspiration for Moms

Vintage News Junkie


Wednesday, Dec. 11th

Marty’s Musings

Domestically Speaking

My Soulful Home

Sweet Pea

Our Southern Home

A Delightsome Life


Thursday, Dec. 12th

Cottage at the Crossroads


Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Country Design Style

House on the Way

Fresh Idea Studio


Friday, Dec. 13th

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Stone Gable

Create and Babble

So Much Better With Age

Cupcakes and Crinolines

The Happier Homemaker

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  1. You had me at amaretto. I’ve been very bad, too, but these cookies might be just the trick to get me back in Santa’s good graces.

  2. These look delicious. The cherry jam in the center makes them especially festive for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. Therese, yep, Santa stopped by to help with the thumbprint and stayed for a few cookies! 😀 ~Jeanette

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