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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jam Thumbprints

I've been searching for a really good thumbprint cookie recipe and I think I have found it! This recipe came from Woman's Day or Family Circle magazine, I don't remember which.  Jam Thumbprints look so nice on a holiday cookie tray. The red strawberry jam is very festive, and these cookies taste as good as they look!

Jam Thumbprints
Makes ~ 3 dozen

3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks), softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups flour
2/3 cup strawberry jam (or whatever kind you like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.  With a spoon, mix in the flour just until incorporated.

Roll 2 tsp of dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet ~2 inches apart. With floured thumb, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Spoon 1/2 tsp jam into the indentation.

Bake cookies 10-12 minutes or until barely golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Store in a covered container.



  1. My grandmother's thumbprints were rolled in nuts somewhere along the line, but I don't always feel like a nut. ;)

    1. Ha ha! Same! I've been looking for a nut-free recipe for awhile. I was happy with these!

  2. These look DELISH.
    I'm looking for Holiday Cookies.
    I'd fill these w/ chocolate!


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