1986 Winner: Almond Thumbprint Cookies
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1986 Winner: Almond Thumbprint Cookies
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:41:29 AM. Recipe ID 289. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: 1986 winner: almond thumbprint cookies
 Categories: Cookies, Holiday
      Yield: 60 Servings
      2 c  Sifted all-purpose flour
    1/2 c  Sugar
    1/4 ts Salt
      1 c  Butter
    3/4 c  Grated unblanched almonds
      2 ts Vanilla

      6 tb Butter
    1/3 c  Half-and-half
    2/3 c  Packed brown sugar
      2 c  Confectioners' sugar
    1/2 ts Vanilla
           Chopped pistachio nuts
           For garnish
  Preparation time: 45 minutes Baking time: 16 minutes
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. For cookies, sift flour, sugar and
  salt into bowl. Cut in 1 cup butter with pastry blender until mixture
  resembles coarse crumbs. Blend in almonds and vanilla. Work mixture
  with fingers until a ball of dough is formed. Then shape into 1-inch
    2. Place balls on greased cookie sheets; make a depression in
  center of each cookie. Bake about 8 minutes; remove from oven. Dent
  again and bake about 8 minutes longer; cool.
    3. For frosting, blend 6 tablespoons butter, half-and-half and brown
  sugar in saucepan. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from
  heat. Cool about 15 minutes, then stir in confectioners' sugar and
  vanilla. Beat until smooth and thick.
    4. Fill depressions in cookies with butterscotch frosting and
  sprinkle frosting with nuts.
    Winner Penney L. Haney of Kenosha described these cookies: "Oh, the
  aroma! Dad knew his 'girls' had been baking as soon as he stepped in
  the back door, brushing snowflakes from his coat. He warmed his hands
  over the hot oven, slowly recovering feeling in his fingertips, numb
  from stringing red, yellow, blue, green and white lights in the pines
  in the yard. His chore and our special treat combined each year to
  mark the beginning of our holiday preparations.
    "While chatting to Mom about trying to locate the single,
  burned-out bulb that had kept an entire strand out, he watched me,
  his tiny daughter, with not so dexterous fingers, shaping dough into
  big marbles. I had to kneel on a wooden chair to reach the table,
  with Mom's brightly-colored apron wrapped around me nearly twice,
  held together in back by a giant safety pin." 

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