Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wheaty Thumbprints

Out of all the many, many Christmas cookies that there are to bake, there are two that are my husband's favorites ... these Wheaty Thumbprints, and Date Pinwheels

I'm not sure where I first came across this recipe, but it is so good - I love it, too. I probably adapted it from the original, as I wanted to use honey as the sweetener, and also wanted to use whole wheat pastry flour. It's a tender, tasty cookie, rolled in chopped walnuts, with delicious raspberry jam in the middle. And it looks beautiful on a cookie plate!

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Wheaty Thumbprints

Course: Cookies & Snacks
Serves: 24


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 23 cup honey
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 12 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 12 - 3 cups walnuts chopped
  • raspberry jam


  1. Cream butter and honey. Add egg yolks, and vanilla. Beat.
  2. Stir in flour and salt. Chill.
  3. Form into balls. Dip into beaten egg whites, then nuts.
  4. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  5. Press thumb slightly in center.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Fill with jam.
  8. Yield: 4 dozen cookies.

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I used to be sure to make both of my husband's favorites - Wheaty Thumbprints and Date Pinwheels - every Christmas, but a few years ago, I started to alternate  ... one year it's Wheaty Thumbprints, and the next year it is Date Pinwheels. Not sure why I started to do that, except that each one requires a bit more work than other Christmas cookies. It was actually a joint decision with my hubby, as he knows how busy the Christmas season can become for me with our growing family ... six grown children, four sons-in-law, and ten grandkids! So with my husband's blessing, last year it was Wheaty Thumbprints, and this year I am making Date Pinwheels. Delicious Date Pinwheels - a very special recipe passed down to me from my mother ... click here for the recipe.


  1. Oh, it's that time of year to get baking! Your Wheaty Thumbprints look delicious. You always have delicious recipes here and I enjoy dropping by to at least visually sample them.
    Have a Blessed Christmas! Sounds like a busy one. I've slowed down a bit this year but will start some baking next week.

    1. Thanks for your visit, Janis! Have fun with your baking! Your sentence about slowing down a bit this year resonated with me. I'm always trying to do that, as well ... amidst the busyness of the season! Wanting my heart to be fully present ...