Santa's Favorite Cookies


Christmas Thumbprint Cookies in bright red and green. Perfect little melt-in-your-mouth buttery shortbread thumbprint cookie for the holidays. Just the right pop of sweet frosting.

It's Christmas Eve and time to leave some cookies for Santa!  I've done my research, and I can guarantee that these Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are Santa's absolute favorite.  They're melt-in-your-mouth buttery soft shortbread cookies with a dab of sweet icing in the center.  Santa is sure to be kind to your kids if he finds these waiting for him!

Christmas shortbread thumbprint cookies

My mom has made these thumbprint cookies for as long as I can remember.  They just taste like Christmas to me!  This year, I made my own for the first time - now I finally feel like a real grown-up.

Here's how to make them yourself.   This recipe makes a TON of cookies (about 9 or 10 dozen) so they're a great choice for Christmas parties, gifts, or cookie exchanges!


1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. solid shortening
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
1 egg
8 1/2 c. flour


Beat together the sugar, butter, shortening, salt and vanilla until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.  Add egg and mix, scraping down sides of bowl.  Slowly add the flour, mixing only long enough to combine.  You may have to mix some of the flour in by hand.  If dough is too dry, add small spoonfuls of water until dough is just combined.  Divide the dough into parts about the size of a baseball.  Form each part into a long roll, about 1 inch in diameter.  Wrap each log in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.

Preheat oven to 350.  Remove dough from refrigerator and cut into 1/2 inch slices.  Place cut side up on lightly greased or parchment-covered cookie sheet.  This dough doesn't spread or even out in the oven, so smooth out any cracks or crumbs before you bake them if a perfect appearance is important to you.  You may want to wait for the dough to warm up a bit in order to help shape them.

Press thumb or other tool (I used the round, rubberized, handle of a whisk) in center of each cookie to make indentation.  Bake for 8-10 minutes-- just until edges begin to turn slightly golden.  Don't let them brown.  Press thumb or tool in indentation again while cookies are still warm.  Cool completely then drizzle a small bit of frosting in the center.

Christmas shortbread thumbprint cookies

After you've eaten all you can stand, put some by the fireplace with a nice cold glass of milk on Christmas Eve and make Santa's night.

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Cutting Tiny Bites: Santa's Favorite Cookies
Santa's Favorite Cookies
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies in bright red and green. Perfect little melt-in-your-mouth buttery shortbread thumbprint cookie for the holidays. Just the right pop of sweet frosting.
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