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Jelly Bean Thumbprint Cookies

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

Oxmoor House JUNE 2007

  • Yield: 1 1/2 dozen
  • Cook time:13 Minutes
  • Prep time:6 Minutes
  • Chill:8 Hours


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Assorted jelly beans
  • Additional powdered sugar


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.

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

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

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.

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.


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