I remember my mom making thumb print cookies when I was wee little.
I never understood why she called them “thumbprints” when she used the head of a round peg type clothes pin to make the well for the jam.
Home made jam from the pantry make these cookies extra special.
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks – set the whites aside
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients together except the egg whites and nuts. Roll the dough like meatballs.
Beat the egg whites with a fork until frothy.
Roll the dough balls in the egg white and then chopped nuts. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and put a hole in the center with a round clothes pin.
Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Fill the holes with strawberry (or your preferred) preserves.