Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thumb Print Cookies for Santa

Christmas is only a week you have your shopping done? Or more importantly the cookies planned that you will leave out for Santa this year? Thumb prints are one of my favorite holiday cookies and are super simple to make. I made them earlier this month for a sweet swap and have also taken them to several holiday parties. If you are pressed for time and need a quick treat, and better yet one that doesn't require a ton of ingredients or even getting out the mixer then this cookie is the perfect solution! Any they are super yummy too!

The cookies require four ingredients: melted butter, all-purpose flour, confectioner's sugar and salt all mixed together and rolled into balls.

Then just simply place your "thumb" in the middle of each cookie to create a space for the icing you will add after baking.

Thumb prints ready for the oven! Literally you can make up these cookies in about five minutes. This is a perfect recipe to get your kids involved in the kitchen for some holiday baking fun. They will love making Santa a special batch of cookies.

Once the cookies cool mix some confectioner's sugar and milk and tint your favorite colors and ice the center of the cookies!

Thumb Print Cookies
(makes 3 dozen)

For the cookies:
-1/2 lb unsalted butter, melted
-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
-1/4 tsp salt

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Thumb print the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Add icing when cool.

For the icing:
-2 cups confectioner's sugar
-4 Tbsp milk
-food coloring

Combine confectioner's sugar and enough milk until thick pouring consistency. Add food coloring to tint desired colors. Add icing to cookies.

What are some of your favorite cookies to leave for Santa?


  1. These are so cute!! I'm going to try these with my little cousins this week! Merry Christmas!

  2. These are really lovely and bright! Perfect for Christmas, santa, and kids!

  3. The icing colors are so cute & festive!

  4. Awww. I love those. The colors are so pretty.

  5. I made pink and blue ones for our baby gender reveal party last weekend and everyone loved them! Thanks Lauren!! :)


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