Oxmoor House
Prep Time
6 Mins
Chill Time
8 Hours
Cook Time
13 Mins
Yield
1 1/2 dozen

Jelly beans make a fun middle for these classic vanilla thumbprint cookies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks and vanilla, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Cover and chill dough 8 hours.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1" balls, and place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press thumb into each cookie to make an indentation.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 12 to 13 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; remove to wire racks. Make thumbprint indentations again while cookies are still warm; let cookies cool completely.

Step 5

Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup powdered sugar and heavy cream in a small bowl; stir with a fork until smooth. Spoon icing into a zip-top freezer bag; cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and squirt a small amount of icing into indentation in each cookie. Press jelly beans into center of each cookie. Let set. Dust cookies with powdered sugar.

Christmas with Southern Living 2007

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