Mixed Berry Thumbprint Cookies with Vanilla Glaze

Making these cookies is a great family activity. Children really enjoy lending a “helping-hand” with rolling and shaping the dough into balls. Not to mention, the joy they get sticking their thumb in the middle of the newly-formed balls. Just make sure they have washed their hands before helping out. 🙂

I usually make 2-dozen at a time, but you may want to make more… they seem to vanish pretty quickly. 🙂

~Enjoy~

Mixed Berry Thumbprint Cookies with Vanilla Glaze

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Lucerne Best of the Egg, Egg Beaters or other egg substitute (or 1 egg)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely diced walnuts
1/2 cup mixed berry preserves (or any flavor you prefer)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In small bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.
In medium bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until smooth. At low speed, gradually stir in flour and salt mixture until blended. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Place walnuts into small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll around in walnuts. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into center of each ball to form an indentation. Bake 10 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and fill each indentation with 1/4 teaspoon preserves. Bake 10 minutes more, until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

After cookies have cooled, drizzle with vanilla glaze. (if desired)

Vanilla Glaze

1/2 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Mix all together and drizzle over cooled cookies.

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