1986 Winner Almond Thumbprint Cookies

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Title: 1986 Winner Almond Thumbprint Cookies
Yield: 60 Servings
Categories: Cookies, Holiday


2 c Sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 c Sugar
1/4 ts Salt
1 c Butter
3/4 c Grated unblanched almonds
2 ts Vanilla

6 tb Butter
1/3 c Half-and-half
2/3 c Packed brown sugar
2 c Confectioners' sugar
1/2 ts Vanilla
Chopped pistachio nuts
For garnish

Preparation time: 45 minutes Baking time: 16 minutes

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. For cookies, sift flour, sugar and salt into
bowl. Cut in 1 cup butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Blend in almonds and vanilla. Work mixture with fingers
until a ball of dough is formed. Then shape into 1-inch balls.

2. Place balls on greased cookie sheets; make a depression in center of
each cookie. Bake about 8 minutes; remove from oven. Dent again and bake
about 8 minutes longer; cool.

3. For frosting, blend 6 tablespoons butter, half-and-half and brown
sugar in saucepan. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
Cool about 15 minutes, then stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat
until smooth and thick.

4. Fill depressions in cookies with butterscotch frosting and sprinkle
frosting with nuts.

Winner Penney L. Haney of Kenosha described these cookies: "Oh, the
aroma! Dad knew his 'girls' had been baking as soon as he stepped in the
back door, brushing snowflakes from his coat. He warmed his hands over the
hot oven, slowly recovering feeling in his fingertips, numb from stringing
red, yellow, blue, green and white lights in the pines in the yard. His
chore and our special treat combined each year to mark the beginning of our
holiday preparations.

"While chatting to Mom about trying to locate the single, burned-out bulb
that had kept an entire strand out, he watched me, his tiny daughter, with
not so dexterous fingers, shaping dough into big marbles. I had to kneel on
a wooden chair to reach the table, with Mom's brightly-colored apron
wrapped around me nearly twice, held together in back by a giant safety
pin." from the Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest
December 4, 1986
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #340

From: Linda Place

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 11:32:57 +0000