h1>Cherry Thumbprint Christmas Cookie Recipe 


2/3 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
5 red glacé cherries, halved
5 green glacé cherries, halved


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt. Gradually stir in flour.

Form dough into about 20 balls.

Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in nuts.

Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb to make an indentation. Place a cherry half in each indentation.

Bake about 17 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield:  About 36 cookies.

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