Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

The Twelve Cookies of Christmas: Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints

12 Cookies of Christmas 2012

Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints



In my subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine last year, there was an article about easy, last-minute cookies to make to add to your trays and take to your parties.  Even though my 12 Cookies of Christmas series was complete, and my own cookie collection was complete I thought “why not?  Toss one more in.”  I’m so glad I did!  Everyone who sampled this one really enjoyed it, and Kevin’s coworkers even asked for the recipe.


Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints are indeed easy and do freeze well.  But for the second year in a row I did not find them to be a quick bake.  According to the directions provided, they should be done in 9 minutes.  My batches took 14 to 15 minutes despite my oven being temperature-accurate.  So just make note that they could take you longer.


The simple spicy-sweet flavors of these thumbprints lend themselves to many great beverage pairings:



Door County Christmas



Chai Spice or Holiday Chai 



Cinnamon Vanilla Crème  



Spiced Brown Sugar by Monin  



Classic Wassail 


Don’t miss:

12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 1:  Cranberry Eggnog Twirls  

12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 2:  Gingerbread Bites


12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 3:  Peppermint Meltaways


12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 4:  Mexican Wedding Cakes


12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 5:  Peppermint Bonbon Cookies


12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 6:  Pecan Tassies


12 Cookies of Christmas, Day 7:  Buttery Almond Pistachio Thins


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