Best Thumbprint Cookies Ever

Thumbprint Cookies

In case you need a refresher, I can’t bake. Even when I do make a serious attempt, it looks good, but certainly doesn’t taste that way. This weekend, however, I finally began dipping my feet into the deep end of baking. Cookies were burned, fire alarms were set off, but ultimately, a delicious recipe was achieved. Surprising, right? It still surprises me that I was able to come up with a decent recipe. Keep reading for the recipe,  I promise they’re good!

Okay, so first let me tell you the ingredients you’ll need:

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 pinches salt
granulated sugar
apricot preserves

Here’s what you have to do. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray liberally with cooking spray. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed for 5 minutes. Then, add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating for 5 minutes between additions. Add the flour and salt and mix on low for an additional three minutes. Wrap the bowl of the mixer in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 8 minutes.

After 8 minutes, roll the dough out on a floured board. When the dough is pliable and about an inch thick, use a shot glass to cut holes in the dough. Roll the dough into one inch spheres.  Place the cookies onto the sheets spaced about an inch-and-a-half apart. Dust your thumb with flour and press it into each cookie just hard enough to leave a light imprint. Gently spoon a little apricot preserve into the imprint, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar, and bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, or until they have flattened slightly and the bottoms have become golden brown.

Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Serve with a glass of milk or alongside coffee.

If you want more cookies, including some with chocolate, check out some of my favorites from Recipe4Living: 4 Ingredient Nutella Cookies, Cookie Dough Bars, Copycat Thin Mint Cookies, and Fruit Cake Cookies.

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