Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Does the apple butter make these cookies look a little funky? Yes it does. Does it also make them freaking delicious? Also yes. If you want them to be prettier, use any fruit preserves, but do yourself a favor and try them with apple butter too. You won’t regret it.

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nine cookies with nuts on the outside and apple butter in the center, sitting on a white background

Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

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  • Author: Retrogirl
  • Total Time: 0 hours


These yummy cookies melt in your mouth!



2/3 cup margarine

11/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large egg whites

1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1/31/2 cup fruit preserves or apple butter


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

In a mixing bowl, beat the margarine til fluffy, then add half of the flour.

Beat in the sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla.

Beat in the remaining flour.

Cover the bowl and chill the mixture for one hour.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll in the egg whites and nuts.

Place two inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke a hole most of the way through the dough.

Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. If needed, use the back of a rounded teaspoon to make the well in the cookie a bit more pronounced.

Let the thumbprints cool, then fill with apple butter or preserves. Sprinkle with jimmies/sprinkles, or additional chopped nuts.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 1 hour chilling
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes per batch
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Holiday Baking
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