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All-American Thumbprint Cookies
A seasonal favorite, buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam or preserves. These little gems get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam. These are topped with a dab of Raspberry Jam or Apricot Preserves!
Holiday Fun Facts:
  • 92 volunteers from 24 states, as well as residence staff, spent 3,400 hours decorating the White House.
  • Doctor Maulana Karenga, a Professor at Cal State Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966.
  • 1700s Europeans baked fruitcakes at the end of the harvest, then ate them at the beginning of the next year's harvest for good luck.
  • Since 1925, America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in California.
  • More than 50,000 people are expected to attend 28 holiday parties at the White House in December 2009.
  • In 1948, the Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and extended it across the nation.
  • 92 volunteers from 24 states, as well as residence staff, spent 3,400 hours decorating the White House.
  • Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees.
  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.
  • In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.
Due to the number of varieties, cookies will vary by recipient. Please consult the recipes on this site for information on ingredients.