A Christmas cookie favorite in our family for years. It is a simple cookie rolled in nuts, topped with white frosting and a chocolate-coated peanut.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
10 mins
25 mins
3 dozen


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, stir together butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt; then slowly blend with creamy mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out dough into 1 inch balls. Dip balls into slightly beaten egg whites, then roll in chopped walnuts. Place balls 1 inch apart onto baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and press thumb gently into the center of each cookie. Return to oven, and bake 5 minutes more. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Fill top of each cookie with frosting, and top with a chocolate-coated peanut.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 18.3g; fat 11.8g; cholesterol 24.3mg; sodium 93.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I remember these cookies from back in the 70's. It's always been a favorite..it's simple and the results are always a hit. They're especially pretty when you add red or green food coloring to frosting...very festive. Try them...you won't be sorry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these one year for Christmas and our good friend went nuts over these. His birthday just passed and I made them for him again. I had to make them two days in a row. Everyone loved them and couldn't get enough. On the holidays add some coordinating sprinkles to the frosting to match the holiday. I added kisses to the top! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We have had this recipe in our family for years, as well, and love it!!! A good thing to know, is that if your family has any nut allergies, you can actually make these without rolling them in the egg whites and then the nuts, and they are still spectacular! (And a lot less work!) :) We also like to use seasonal M&M's for these - Easter, Christmas, etc., they are beautiful and tasty any time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was easy to make and it suits any purpose not just Christmas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My mom used to make the jam thumbprints for the holidays. This is a cute and sweet rendition of her recipe. Thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these by the recipe using homemade glaze instead of store-bought frosting. They were a bit on the labor intensive side but the end results was certainly worth the effort. They are a step above your normal thumbprint cookie! They were lighter than they appeared and I was surprised they were not as overly-sweet as they looked. I'll take a batch to the folks at the chemotherapy clinic tomorrow. Thanks Michelle9493! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for my husband who grew up eating these and loves them. I made Italian Meringue Buttercream for the frosting (which makes them a whole lot less sugary sweet) and dipped the bottoms in either dark or milk chocolate. It changes the flavor profile immensely and is very good. A childhood treat remade for adult tastes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Overall tasted good. Recipe is exactly like my thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. To me the frosting and chocolate covered peanut just didn't make sense. Lots of work. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this recipe for as long as I can remember. It is a staple at holiday meals especially Christmas and Easter. We leave off the nuts and use the various holiday colored M&M's. My favorites are the peanut and peanut butter. Read More