This post is part of my participation in the Great Blogger Cookie Swap. What, a food blogger needs a reason to cook or bake. No way. The idea behind this Cookie Swap is supporting a great cause – Kids Cancer Organization. Every blogger that participates makes a donation and then makes cookies for other participants. The fun part is each blogger, in return, gets to receive cookies too. I got some great recipes. Lucky me.
I have been thinking about making thumb print cookies with different cookie centers. I change this up, even more, by making my cookie out of shortbread instead of the traditional sugar cookie. I also used a candy center instead of jelly. Hence, the name, Shortbread Thumb Print Cookie. I used the new Reese’s Candy Bars and Twix Bars for my candy centers.
- 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Reese's and Twix bars, cut to an inch in size
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats
- In a stand mixer, mix butter until creamy.
- Gradually add sugar; beating until light and fluffy.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Gradually add flour to mixture in 2 - 3 steps, mixing well after each addition.
- Roll dough into 1- 2 inch balls.
- Place each ball on the prepared baking sheets (not too close).
- Use your thumb to make a small indentation into center of each cookie ball.
- Add the cut candy bars to the center and bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Serve and enjoy!