Amish Thimble Cookies

Thimble Cookies

Thimble cookies are basic, bite sized shortbread cookies, baked with a dollop of fresh jam in the center.  They are also known as Thumbprint or Bird’s Nest Cookies.  These cookies are perfect for an evening snack.


1 c softened butter

½ c sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 c all-purpose flour

½ cup jam – your choice


Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, work in the flour.  Chill if too sticky.  Roll small balls of dough between palms and place on ungreased baking sheet.  Make space for jam dollops in the center of each ball with a thumb or thimble.  Fill space with jam.

Bake at 325 degrees F for about 25 minutes.

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