Every Christmas, I bake cookies to give out as gifts to friends and neighbors. Homemade cookies are thoughtful, personal, and tasty! They’re also great gifts that kids can help make and give out. Teachers, coaches, and babysitters will love getting delicious cookies from your kids at Christmas. I bake a variety of cookies every year, but these thumbprints are my most requested ones!
- ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup butter, softened (use real butter – margarine just won’t taste the same!)
- 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- Strawberry or raspberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and egg yolks in a large bowl and mix together at medium speed.
- Stir in flour and salt.
- Knead dough several times.
- Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
- Press your thumb deeply into each ball to make an indentation (or “thumbprint”) in each one.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Cool completely and then fill each thumbprint with jam!
Tips for including kids:
Don’t be afraid to include your younger kids in the baking process. These cookie gifts are from them, so they should have a hand (and, likely, a few doughy fingers) in the work. Sure, there might be a bit of a mess to clean up at the end, but baking is fun for kids and, remember, it’s a learning process!
- Let kids measure out the packed brown sugar. It’s just like packing sand into pails to make a sandcastle!
- Have your child hold one hand over a small bowl while you pour a cracked egg into his hand. The egg white will slide through his fingers, leaving the yolk behind. Make sure to have him wash his hands thoroughly afterwards!
- Let your child stir in the flour and salt. You may need to take over once the dough begins to form and stiffen.
- Your child will love kneading the dough. It’s just like play dough!
- Let your child help making the thumbprint indentations. You may have to re-roll a few balls if she gets a little too enthusiastic, but the extra work is worth the fun!
- Kids can help filling the thumbprints with jam, using small spoons.
- Every baker deserves to taste one cookie! After all, you need to make sure that they taste good before you give them as gifts!
Packaging your cookies:
You can simply fill a holiday tin with cookies, but to make cookie gifts even more personal, your child can decorate a unique box using these two easy kid-friendly methods…
Once you’ve baked and packaged your cookies, give out your delicious and artistic gifts!
Try these Webkinz staff Christmas cookie recipe favorites too!