The Farmer's Daughter
Our blog is written by Jennifer Shea, Dan and Cathy's oldest daughter. Jennifer is part of the 13th generation of Schoonmakers to work on Saunderskill Farm.

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November 29, 2011

       Despite the warm temperatures outside the holidays are aproaching fast. Thursday is December 1st and then it is just 3 quick weeks until Christmas. A fun holiday tradition in our family is baking cookies. Thumbprint Cookies are one of my favorites that our mom made. They are great because young children can help make the 'thumbprint' before baking them. My mom would make some with a red preserve such as strawberry and some with a green mint jelly.

Jam Thumbprints

2/3  cup butter                      1 1/2 cup Flour

                  1/2 cup sugar                        2 slightly beaten egg whites

                        2 egg yolks                            3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

1 tsp Vanilla                          1/3 cup preserves

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt; beat well. Gradually add flour, mixing well. Shape in 3/4 inch balls; dip in egg whites, then roll in nuts. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet.

Press down centers with thumb. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Cool slightly. Just before serving, fill centers with preserves. Makes 36.