My favorite Christmas Cookie

For 11 years I have  been baking this Christmas favorite.  Not only do these cookies taste delish, but they are so very pretty and festive too!


Jam Thumbprint Cookies

2/3cup butter/margarine (I like to use slightly softened unsalted butter)

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 slightly beaten egg whites

1 cup finely chopped walnuts if desired

1/3 cup of strawberry preserves


1. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar and beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in eggs yolk and vanilla till combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Cover and chill dough for about an hour or till easy to handle.

2.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in egg whites, then in walnuts.  This recipe can be done without the walnuts.  Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.  Press your thumb into the center of each ball.  This is a good time to get the kids involved and allow them to press their thumbs into the center of the ball.  Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or till edges are lightly browned.  Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool. Once cool fill centers with jam.



Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

A few posts ago I shared one of my dark secrets…I CANT COOK!!!  I think it is more that I don’t like to cook.  But every so often I find myself in the kitchen preparing a dish for one of our family get together’s, Thanksgiving is one of em.  I usually try at all costs to stay out of the kitchen when the cooking is going on.  It seems to be a family joke.  Once I arrive to the hosts house (my momma’s) I hide with the kids.  This year I was asked to bring the green bean casserole.  This is the same dish I prepared last year.  I guess my family liked it!  Last Thanksgiving I had some complications with the recipe.  I remember my sister saying, “no one can ruin the Green Bean Casserole.  It is a safe recipe.”  Well lil did she know that I would be the first in history to ruin this all time favorite casserole.  I went thru two batches before I got it right.  This year I know I will be able to perfect the casserole dish and get it right the first time.

Here is my easy peasy Green Bean Casserole recipe (you can also get it from the back of the French’s Fried Onions box.)


*1 can Cream of mushroom soup

*3/4 cup of milk

*1/8 tsp black pepper

*2 cans of cut cooked green beans

*1 1/3 cups French’s Fried Onion

Mix the milk and the soup together, then add the pepper and the beans in the casserole dish.  Add 2/3 cup of onions.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

Stir and sprinkle the remaining onions on casserole and cook for 5 minutes