I recently started to make the Ida cookies for my family and am struck by how lovely and straight-forward they are. Some might say they are just a basic thumbprint cookie (although adhering to the recipe would require a thimble rather than thumb!) However, the ingredient list is simpler than for most modern thumbprint cookies, requiring only butter, sugar, egg yolks, flour, and jelly.
  1. Beat and cream sweet butter and sugar.
  2. Add one egg yolk at a time and beat after each egg yolk is added.
  3. Then add one cup of flour at a time slowly and beat after each one.
  4. Make small balls with the dough and pull a hole in the middle of each with a thimble dipped in flour.
  5. Freeze or chill overnight on cookie sheets.
  6. Allow 1/2 in between each cookie.
  7. Thaw if necessary. Fill holes with your choice of jelly.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven, at 400° - in the lower half of the oven (one sheet at a time). TIP: If you use a cushioned cookie sheet, bake the cookies for 2 minutes longer.
  9. Check on the cookies earlier to make sure that they are not burning. It should be light brown in color.
  10. After cooling the cookies for 5 minutes, remove with a blunt end knife and place on racks to cool.
  11. Sprinkle with a touch of powdered sugar, if you desire.