Golden thumbprints recipe: The classic cookies, ’80s style

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Golden thumbprints Classic jam-filled cookies (1981)

From the 1981 C&H private collection comes a retro look at one of your favorite Christmas cookies: Golden thumbprints, the classic sweet-topped cookies.

Golden thumbprints Classic jam-filled cookies (1981)

Golden thumbprints

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes


  • 1/3 cup C&H golden brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Candied cherries, jelly or melted chocolate pieces


  1. Cream together sugar, butter, egg yolk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour and salt.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls.
  4. Dip into slightly beaten egg white and roll in nuts.
  5. Bake in 375 (F) degree oven 5 minutes on ungreased baking sheet.
  6. Remove from oven.
  7. Quickly indent each cookie center with thumb.
  8. Bake 8 minutes longer.
  9. Cool.
  10. Fill thumbprints with a little jelly, 1/2 candied cherry, or chocolate

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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