I’m extremely word-association susceptible. Say “cookie” and I envision my mother – pulling a tray of piping hot thumbprints out of the oven.
Yesterday, it was more than just a vision.
My mom caps off each visit in a baking frenzy – puttering around our kitchen in her socks – just to ensure I have a hefty supply of my favorite cookie when she leaves.
Ain’t she grand?
Essentially a modified version of the classic pecan sandy, a thumbprint is a little ball of crust and pecans squished in at the top with – you guessed it – a thumb, to make a cozy bed for chocolate icing.
The thumbprint is nothing fancy. But, for me, it means love. Home.
If I’m not careful, it also can mean an extra two pounds!
Nibble the edge and the pliant crust melts on your tongue, releasing butter (oh, yeah!) and the essence of nut. Nibble again to the center and the creamy, sugary wallop of store-bought chocolate frosting joins in. Pure childhood in a bite-sized pastry.
Mom has graciously agreed to share her recipe with ya’ll, so here goes:
Dory’s Thumbprint Cookies
¾ cup chopped pecans
1 egg white
¼ cup soft shortening
¼ cup soft butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Blend together and roll into balls. Roll balls in lightly beaten egg white, then roll in nuts. Put on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Take from oven and put a thumbprint in each one. Put back in oven and bake 8 minutes longer. Once cooled, fill with icing.
Yield: 1 dozen cookies