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Sweet Maria’s Italian Cookie Tray Thumb Cookies

  • Author: Lisa Keys
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 3 to 4 dozen 1x



2 sticks butter, softened

½ cup sugar

2 eggs, separated

2 teaspoons vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

2 cups chopped nuts

¾ cup jelly


  1. Heat oven 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light. Add egg yolks and vanilla; blend well.
  3. On low speed, gradually add salt and flour; mix just until soft dough forms.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  5. In small bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy.
  6. Place nuts in another small bowl.
  7. Dip dough balls into egg white and then roll in nuts coating well.
  8. Place on baking sheets two inches apart.
  9. Using your fingers, press tops of cookie balls to flatten.
  10. With your finger, make a dent in the center of each cookie.
  11. Spoon ½ teaspoon of jelly into the dent.
  12. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  13. Transfer cookies on parchment paper to a rack to cool.
  14.  Store in an airtight container.
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Keywords: Christmas cookies, thumbprints, holiday, jelly-filled