Thumbprint Cookies

Your favorite flavor of jelly or frosting is the proverbial cherry on top of this well-known holiday cookie.

thumbprint cookies with a platter and jam on the side


  • 1 cup (120 g) whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (110 g) light butter spread
  • ¼ cup (55 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ¾ cup (85 g) chopped nuts
  • jam


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place egg yolk, vanilla, margarine, brown sugar and water into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  4. Select Variable 1.
  5. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 6.
  6. Blend for 10 seconds.
  7. Add the mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir together.
  8. Using a #40 scoop, roll the dough into balls. Beat the large egg white with a fork. Dip balls in the large egg white and roll in the nuts.
  9. Place balls about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on ungreased baking sheet; press thumb gently in the center of each.
  10. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until set. Cool and fill thumbprints with jelly or icing.