The Freshman Cook: Halloween Thumbprint Cookies!

Thumbprint cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make. I love that you can always change the colors to go with any occasion, and I use them as fillers (for lack of a better word), when I send Christmas cookies. What I mean is that I put a few in with the other cookies in a tin to fill in the little holes, or I toss a couple in a bag to give the right amount of color to a basket. They are versatile, pretty and everyone always loves them. All good qualities for a cookie! No wonder they are one of my favorites. I hope these become one of your too!

Halloween Thumbprint Cookies!

(adapted from Southern Living)

(makes 7 dozen)

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 5 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat your butter on medium until it is fluffy.

Add both sugars, and beat well.

Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice.

Beat until blended.

 In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, cream of tartar,

baking soda and salt.

Beat until blended. 

Shape dough into 1″ balls.

Take your thumb, or the end of a wooden spoon,

and make an indentation in the middle of each cookie.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Do not brown these cookies. They will get a little brown

on the bottom. When they do, they are done.

Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Once your cookies are cooled, 

they are ready to be frosted.

I used Antonia74 Royal Icing.

I love this icing and it has always worked great for me.

I used Americolor Super Black and Orange for the colors.

I colored about 1/2 cup of each color.

I used a wilton #10 tip to fill each of the thumbprints.

Let dry completely.

I filled 3 boxes with these cookies as a special

Halloween gift. I have lots left over for other friends.

Aren’t these boxes cute? I picked these up at Home Goods 

about a month ago.


Thanks for joining me today!

Happy Halloween! We are partying at these fun spots:

Trick or Treat Tuesday 

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