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Betsy Block

Thumbprint Cookies

P, her friend and I made these cookies with the jam we'd made the week before on their last day before kindergarten. I sound like a real prairie woman, don't I? Nothing could be further from the truth.


1 stick unsalted butter, softened
cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1  cup flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the egg and vanilla. Add flour. Make 12 (sticky) balls, then slightly flatten them, then make "thumbprints" in the middle. (We used our pointer fingers, and we made the holes bigger than a thumb - as big as we could, in fact, so they'd hold more of the good stuff.) Cook them on a greased cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then redo the "thumbprints" and carefully fill them with jam. Cook for about 10 more minutes, or until lightly brown on the edges.