These festive sugar plum thumbprint cookies are the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa. Sweet butter cookies topped with a dollop of frosting and gumdrops and a dusting of powdered sugar will also be the highlight of your holiday cookie trays.
1cupunsalted butter, softened
1container of cream cheese frosting
red, green, and white candy gumdrops
extra powdered sugar to dust the tops of cookies
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. An electric hand mixer can be used as well.
Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until incorporated and creamy.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter. Mix until combined.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.
Roll dough into about 3/4-inch balls, and on prepared baking sheet.
Lightly press thumb in center of each cookie to make an indention. You can also use the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon.
Bake at for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool completely on wire racks.
Using a pastry bag, add a dollop of the cream cheese frosting into cookie indentations and top each cookie with a gumdrop. Dust with powdered sugar.
Inspired and adapted from the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook