about 3 1/2 dozen

Red currant jelly dollops Christmas color on these pecan-coated thumbprint cookies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks and almond extract, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, blending at low speed. Cover and chill dough 1 hour.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1" balls. Lightly beat egg whites. Dip each ball in egg white; roll in pecans. Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press thumb in each cookie to make an indentation.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Press centers again with thumb while cookies are still warm; fill center of each cookie with jelly.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995

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