Grandma Rae’s Thumbprint Wine Cookies

Handwritten recipe for Grandma Rae’s Thumbprint Wine Cookies

When I was little, living in Columbus, Ohio, we would visit my Grandma and Zadie’s house and she always had something sweet to eat. One of my favorites was her Thumbprint Wine Cookies. When we moved away, my mother made them and they always brought back such wonderful memories.

— Elise Krug, Ladue


  • 1 c. Spry (Crisco)
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. wine
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 ¾ c. flour
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts (or more if needed)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Jar of preserves (any flavor)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix first four ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended. 
  3. Add flour. Mix well. 
  4. Roll dough into small balls and dip into egg whites and walnuts. 
  5. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove cookies from oven. With thumb, dent each cookie. Put preserves in each thumbprint.
  7. Bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.