Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thumprint Cookies (melt in your mouth goodness)

Thumbprint cookies ~ My friend Kaye Noles recently made these cookies and they were the best!!! I couldn't get them out of my mind..... so today I begged and Kaye generously shared. You've got to try these soon!

1/2 c shortening
1/2 c butter
1/2 c light brown sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve whites)
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1/2 t salt
Finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 F
In a medium mixing bowl, cream shortening and butter. Add sugar. Mix well
Then add egg yolks and vanilla. Add dry ingredients all at once.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then dip in egg whites, then roll in nuts. Place about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Working quickly, pull cookies from oven and imprint each cookie with the back side of a measuring spoon or melon baller and return to oven. Bake 8 to 10 minutes more. Allow cookies to gently brown; don't burn the nuts.
Cook completely and then fill each cookie with butter cream frosting:

1 c confectioners sugar
1 T. butter, melted
1-3 T. milk (as needed for right consistency
color, if desired
(May need to double frosting recipe)

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