Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Cream Cheese Thumbprint cookies: The Charm of Home
Just in time for the holidays I thought I would share one of my favorite cookie recipes.  This is cream cheese thumbprint cookies.  They are sweet, tangy, and chewy.  Such a winner of a recipe given to me by my great-aunt.  She created this recipe so I don't think you will find it anywhere else.  I have made it a dozen times and it is always delicious!  

1 cup of butter, softened to room temp (don't use any low-fat substitute) 
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temp
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk (save the white)
2 1/4 cup flour
1 cup of crushed nuts (optional)

1 1/2 ounces of cream cheese, softened 
about 1 cup of powdered sugar to mix well
2 or 3 drops of vanilla
food coloring to tint (optional)

Heat oven to 375° F.  Mix butter, sugar, cream cheese, salt, vanilla, and egg with a paddle attachment in an electric mixer. Scraping down the sides as necessary. Refrigerate dough at least 30 minutes.  Roll into 1-inch balls. Beat the egg white until frothy.  Roll the balls in the egg white and then roll in the crushed nuts to coat.  Bake the cookies 5 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Take them out at 5 minutes and using a 1/4 teaspoon make a "thumbprint" in each cookie and cook for 4 minutes longer.  
For icing: Take powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and enough milk to make the icing consistency desired.  May tint it with food color.  For ease of filling, use a pastry tip and bag and squeeze icing into cookie.  Let them set and store in an airtight container. 
Yields: 30-36 cookies    

Cream Cheese Thumbprint cookies: The Charm of Home
This is a favorite cookie of mine.  I usually make them every Christmas.  Here I have rolled them in walnuts and pecans.  I filled the nut cookies with cream cheese icing and I filled the plain cookies with a Christmas jam (Amish strawberry cranberry jam). Any way you make them they are fantastic! 

I will link with these parties:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creation
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate


Pam Richardson said...

Sherry, these cookies look so yummy...I will be saving this recipe for the holidays...thanks for sharing! Pam @ Everyday Living

Bernideen said...

Oh yummy! I am baked out after my tea but these would be a great "future" selection! Thanks for sharing!

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

Sherry, I love anything with cream cheese, and these cookies look delicious! I will definitely be making these during the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I hope that you have a happy and blessed day!!!

living from glory to glory said...

Well, I will say these would be perfect with my tea this afternoon!
Do they freeze well? They are a pretty cookie and they are so festive as you said great for the holidays!
Blessings, Roxy

The Charm of Home said...

Yes, Roxy they do freeze well. Thanks for asking.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

When I seen your cookies it brought me back go my childhood. My favorite cookies my Mom made were the thumbprints my Mom made with the jam inside and she rolled them in nuts too. Thanks for the memories!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I have the same recipe! I make these every year and they're one of my favorites...whether filled with frosting or jam. Now I want to go make some right this minute! Lovely pics as always, Sherry!

janice15 said...

These look great, I'm out off cream cheese but soon as I pick some up i'm going to make them. Going to jot the recipe down. Thanks for sharing it with love Janice