#FBCookiesSwap: Swapping thumbprint cookies


Last year I participated in the first-ever Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by bloggers (and my Instagram and Twitter pals) Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen. More than 22,000 cookies were delivered to hungry stomachs all over the country — and my kakimochi chocolate chip sweetheart cookies went to three different food bloggers.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012This year I didn’t make the cookie swap deadline — blame Brisbane! — but I did manage to send out my local-style version of thumbprint cookies to the following: Janet Kalandranis (@foodbeautyful, http://foodbeautyful.blogspot.com), Hannah Cordes (@bluekaleroad, www.bluekaleroad.com), Rachel Williams (http://williamskitchen.blogspot.com).

The difference this year, though, was that, as part of our participation in the virtual cookie swap, we each had to donate $4 to Cookies For Cancer, a kick-ass charity that raises money for cancer research through cookie sales. OXO matched the donation dollar for dollar — can you believe that? — and gave us all a free Be a Good Cookie Spatula. Total win-win.

So here’s the recipe for the cookies I swapped. And later — I’m in Hilo today — I’ll post about the cookies I received.

There’s nothing like cookies to put you in a Christmas mood!

Special shout-out to the bloggers who sent me deliciousness in the mail: Sarah from Seattle (http://cookcanread.wordpress.com), Stephanie from Salt Lake City (http://munchimunch.blogspot.com, @smunchimunch), and Joanie from Texas (www.zagleft.com, @zagleft). Loved the goodies! You really made my Christmas!


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The key to the ingredients is making sure your butter and eggs are kept at room temperature. The butter should be soft to the touch, allowing more air to be beaten into your batter. Room-temperature eggs will combine more easily with other ingredients and whip to a greater volume. It's all good.

Thumbprint Cookies
local-style and slightly modified


1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract (I used the one from the Hawaiian Vanilla Co.)
Pinch of salt
2 cups flour
Your favorite jam or jelly (I used lilikoi jelly and Kula strawberry jam.)


Cream the butter and sugar on high speed for about three minutes — or by hand. But cream it well.

Separate the eggs. Add ONLY the egg yolks and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.

Add the flour and salt. Mix until JUST combined.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll the dough into balls about 1-inch diameter. Place balls on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Using your thumb, press down the center of the dough ball to make a small well. Fill with jam or jelly.

Bake about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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8 Responses to “#FBCookiesSwap: Swapping thumbprint cookies”

  1. M December 12, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Hello Cat!

    Tanks for the recipe. Looks like you are in the Christmas mood now. Have fun a the Big Island.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      WOOT! Baking definitely put me in a Christmas mood!

  2. Annoddah Dave December 12, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    CAT: Cuukies for Cancer…neat concept!

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      I like it, too. Thinking about how I can get my girlfriends to do something for this cause next year. It’s on my list of things to do in 2013!

  3. David Jackson December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Have you ever tried that with brown sugar? Think I will this weekend.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Sooooo… did you do it? Wondered how it turned out!

  4. Miss Em December 13, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Oh, I love baking cookies. Every Christmas I bake cookies to give away. This year I made chocolate shortbread. Your cookies look yum. I make a version of thumbprint cookies where you melt some of the jam and incorporate it into the dough. The cookies take on the flavor of the jam you add and it has a slight hue of the color of the jam. It is a soft, chewy cookie with crispy edges. It is now one of my all time favorites.

    • Catherine Toth December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do during the holidays.

      Chocolate shortbread sounds AWESOME! You posting the recipe somewhere???

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