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Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies, Freezer Friendly Recipe!

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Prepare the perfect holiday treat with this Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies recipe. You can create the dough in advance and bake these cookies when ready to serve them to your large family. It’s a double-bonus this make-ahead cookie recipe is also freezer-friendly!

When looking for the perfect recipe to make during the holiday season, these Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies are a great choice. You can customize them with different toppings to cater to the special requests that your loved ones might have, whether they prefer chocolate, vanilla, or even a sweet jelly-like filling. 

Instead of preparing the cookies at the last minute, you can prepare the dough, freeze it, and then bake these tasty treats whenever you are ready to have fresh, warm cookies. These cookies are also perfect for the large family who wants to have enough to go around for everyone! You might also try some of our other desserts, like our Fresh peach Cobbler, our Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, or our Rice Crispy Treats.

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Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies

The Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies have such great taste. They are not too soft but not too hard and are even better when extras get added to them, such as sprinkles and mini chocolate morsels. You can put these cookies out on a tray and have them on display for your loved ones to grab and eat during the holiday season. You might want to bring these freshly baked cookies to special family gatherings.

Ingredients Needed For Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies

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You can make create the Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies with the following essential ingredients:

  • Softened Butter. Let your butter sit on the counter to get soft before using it to prepare your cookie dough.
  • Sugar. Of course, you need sugar when preparing cookie dough, or else it will not have the sweet taste you would expect a cookie to have.
  • Egg Yolks. Mix your egg yolks with the flour and other ingredients to prepare the perfect dough.
  • Vanilla. The vanilla adds flavor to the cookie dough and goes well with the different extras that often get added to these cookies.
  • All-Purpose Flour. You will need all-purpose flour to create the perfect dough for your thumbprint cookies.

How to Make the Dough to Freeze and Bake Later

Because these cookies are perfect for making in advance and baking later, you need to know how to make the dough and store it. 

  • You would need to start by beating the sugar and butter together in a mixer for at least five minutes. After mixing for five minutes, add your vanilla and eggs, blend well, and begin adding your flour. 
  • Once you have the perfect cookie dough consistency, move your dough from a bowl to plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for an hour.
  • You may then scoop your dough into small balls, set them down on a cookie sheet, and place them in the freezer. 
  • Once frozen, put your cookie dough balls into an airtight container and keep them in the freezer for as long as six months. 
  • When ready to make them, pull them out of your freezer, set them on a baking sheet, and heat them in the oven. You can also bake the cookies without filling them and freeze them for up to three months.
Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies

Different Ways to Customize Your Make-Ahead Thumbprint  Cookies

Customize the Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies to offer different variations for your loved ones to enjoy. You can add all kinds of great additions to these cookies. Some options include peanut butter, chocolate sprinkles, Christmas-themed sprinkles with vanilla, and walnuts with jam.

Here are more Make-Ahead Cookies for you to try!

Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies

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Large Family Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies, Freezer Friendly Recipe!

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven

Description

Prepare the perfect holiday treat with this Make-Ahead Thumbprint Cookies recipe. You can create the dough in advance and bake these cookies when ready to serve them to your large family. 

 


Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

For rolling:

  • 4 egg whites
  • Desired coating (nuts, sprinkles, etc.)
  • Desired filling (icing, jam, candy, etc.)

 


Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  2. To the butter, add the egg yolks and vanilla, mixing until well blended. 

  3. Add the flour about ½ cup at a time and mix after each addition, scraping down the sides as needed.

  4. Transfer the cookie dough from the bowl to plastic wrap. Roll in plastic wrap and seal the ends tightly. Place the dough in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour.

  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Using a small cookie scoop, portion the dough into 1 inch balls. 

  7. Dip the balls in egg whites and roll in your desired coating. 

  8. Place the cookie balls 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet. 

  9. Using the rounded side of a greased teaspoon make an indentation in the center of each cookie ball.

  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. If necessary, use the rounded side of the teaspoon to reshape the cookie’s hole. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack for cooling.

 

To make ahead:

  1. Bake as directed but do not fill the cookies.

  2. Layer the cookies between layers of wax paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in a freezer up to 3 months. 

  3. Thaw the cookies completely before filling with your favorite filling.

 

Linzer Thumbprints

  1. Bake the cookies and allow to cool completely.

  2. Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a large storage bag.  

  3. Add the cookies, a few at a time, shaking gently to coat.

  4. Carefully remove the cookies from the bag and fill each with ½ teaspoon raspberry preserves.  Top with toasted sliced almonds.

Peanut Butter

  1. Finely chop 1 cup peanuts.

  2. Roll each cookie ball in the egg whites and then in the finely chopped peanuts. Remember to make the indentation in each cookie prior to baking.

  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool completely.  

  4. Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon creamy peanut butter.

Chocolate Sprinkles

  1. Roll each cookie ball in the egg whites and then in the chocolate sprinkles. Remember to make the indentation in each cookie prior to baking.

  2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and immediately top each cookie with a chocolate kiss. 

Christmas Stars

  1. Roll each cookie ball in the egg whites and then in the Christmas sprinkles. Remember to make the indentation in each cookie prior to baking.

  2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool completely.  

  3. Fill a decorating bag fitted with a star tip with canned or homemade vanilla frosting. Pipe the frosting into each indentation making a star.

Walnuts and Jam

  1. Finely chop 1 cup walnuts.

  2. Roll each cookie ball in the egg whites and then in the finely chopped walnuts. Remember to make the indentation in each cookie prior to baking.

  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and allow to cool completely.  

  4. Fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon of your favorite jam or preserves.

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These cookies are so much fun to make and look so pretty when you’re finished. This is a great project cookie to make with the kids. It is also a great cookie to make as a gift as they all turn out so differently.

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