James Carrier
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes about 36 cookies

Bake a batch of these cute fruit-filled buttons to add a little variety to your cookie tray.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well blended. Stir in flour and salt and beat just until dough comes together.

Step 2

In a small bowl, beat egg whites to blend. Place walnuts in another small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip each in egg whites, turning to coat completely, then roll in walnuts to coat. Place about 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Press your thumb gently into the center of each cookie to make an indentation.

Step 3

Bake cookies in a 325° oven until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.

Step 4

Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon jam into the center of each cooled cookie.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Chef's Notes

Whirl the walnuts in a food processor until finely ground, or chop very finely with a knife. Store the buttons airtight for up to 2 days.

Ratings & Reviews

holiday cookies

December 30, 2016
perfect.  excellent taste, easy to make, pretty to look at, packs and travels well. rolling in the nuts adds extra flavor and decoration.


March 15, 2015
I made these in December 2001 and noted they were fabulous and very pretty.  Used 1/2 raspberry and 1/2 apricot. Just found the recipe again and will repeat them.

charoulli's Review

April 14, 2011
I baked these for Christmas and took them with me to work along with other button recipes I found on this site. Even though I though everyone would like the chocolate ones more, this was the top button recipe. I didn't even have 1 person tell me this came in 2nd. Nope! The favorite of EVERYONE who tried them! It is a very unique taste and I had absolutely no leftovers!!!! I guess I have to make them again next holiday season.

RobinB's Review

November 13, 2009
So good, so versatile, so classic, so easy! You can use almost any kind of jam you have around. I drizzled melted white chocolate on them and they looked really pretty!

peoplelover's Review

November 10, 2009
Cookies were great. I will definitely make these again. I just served these cookies as dessert. Everyone loved them.