Christmas Hazelnut Thumbprints Recipe

Christmas Hazelnut Thumbprints Recipe
Thumbprint cookies are always popular. They are generally shaped butter cookies that are rolled in nuts (or not), then an indentation is put in the dough before baking. Fillings can be almost anything, such as jam, chocolate, frosting, etc. These Christmas Hazelnut Thumbprints are rolled in hazelnuts and filled with homemade lime curd for green and cranberry curd for red. Jam is, of course, easier, but the homemade curds elevate thumbprints to a higher level. Leftover curd can be used as a filling to sandwich macarons or other cookies, or as a filling for cakes. It can also be swirled into an unbaked pie filling. Yum!
Christmas Hazelnut Thumbprints can be made several weeks ahead and stored in the freezer. Fill them on the day you plan to serve them or add them to cookie trays.

72 Cookies

1 1/3 cups butter
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour

2 egg whites, beaten until frothy

2 cups finely chopped hazelnuts

1/3 cup Cranberry Curd
1/3 cup Lime Curd
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light; add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well-combined.
  2. Stir in the flour and mix on low speed until all is incorporated.
  3. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until it is stiff enough to roll into balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°.
  5. Scoop tablespoons of dough, roll them into balls, roll them in the egg whites, and coat with nuts.
  6. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheets, press your thumb in the center of each, and bake 10-12 minutes, or until set, but not browned on top (bottoms will be lightly browned).
  7. Transfer to cooling racks.
  8. When cool, store in an airtight container until time to serve.
  9. Just before serving, fill with the cranberry curd and lime curd.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 52
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 60% Protein 6% Carb. 34%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 37 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 1 g

Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 1%

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