here are the thumbprints! mom and i prefer them with icing, but strawberry jam is a delicious topping to the salty, buttery, crumbly cookie. they are also very easy, albeit messy, to make. gram always helps out with the egg white/ walnut rolling step :)

here is the betty crocker recipe. it’s one of our all-time favorites, and we always end up tripling (or in this case, quadrupling) the ingredients.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup shortening (we use Crisco!)

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, separated

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (we recommend walnuts)

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
 2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with jelly or icing.