No lengthy write-up for this post this time, Galley Peeps.  Just to say that my Mom used to make these cookies every year around Christmas time.  She made a lot of delicious sweets…at lot!  These aren’t by far the fanciest of Mom’s but I can bring back those special memories just by biting into one…all short bread and buttery with a little crunch of corn flakes and if you eat them just right…sort of circular…you can get a taste of raspberry jam….it had to be raspberry for me…with each bite.

I kept with tradition by making them for my kids, extending those memories to another generation.  Sadly I lost the original recipe and have tried for the past couple of years to re-create them but without success.  This year though I am super pleased to announce that I really do have my thimble cookies mojo back.  They look and taste just as I remember.  And in spite of what I said about it having to be raspberry jam you can use other types…blueberry…strawberry.  But for me it wouldn’t be the same without raspberry.

My three-year-old Grandson had his first the other day…and a second…and a third…dipping his chubby little finger in the tiny well of jam.  Apparently he insists that these are the best cookies to leave Santa and “no Momma, you can’t make them.  They have to be Gramma’s cookies”. There could be no better complement than that could there?

Keeping with easy boat recipes and for those with no oven and who are fans of the Omnia oven, I can confirm  that these can be made on the stove top as well.  

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Christmas Thimble Cookies

This is a third-generation family favourite.  Buttery short bread base.  The crunch of crispy corn flakes.  And a touch of jam.  Not fancy but easy to make and the perfect recipe to add to your Christmas baking repertoire to create your own family traditions.
Course Snack
Keyword cookie
Servings 36 Cookies
Calories 92kcal


  • 1 Cup Butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 Cups White sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Cornflakes crushed
  • Raspberry jam just enough to fill each cookie well, no more than a couple of tablespoons


  • In a large mixing bowl cream softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  I use a hand mixer for this step.
  • Stir in vanilla and salt until well blended.
  • Gradually add the flour until all is incorporated
  • In a small bowl whisk egg.  
  • Place your corn flake crumbs in a small bowl.
  • With a small spoon scoop out portions of dough and with your hands roll into a ball about 1” in size.
  • Dip each ball into the egg, then roll in the crumbs to coat well.
  • With your finger or thimble or the end of a wooden spoon, make a small indent in each ball.  Drop a small portion of jam into each well.
  • Place each on a prepared cookie sheet about 1” apart and bake in a pre-heated 325 deg oven for 10 minutes until the sides are very slightly browned.
  • For Omnia stove top users, place each prepared ball on the rack insert lined with parchment paper about 1” apart, cover and cook on the pre-heated base plate on high for five minutes.  Then reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for about ten minutes

Galley Kat Notes:

Special equipment
  • hand mixer (optional)
  • Omnia stove top oven with baking rack insert (optional)
  • thimble, end of wooden spoon or your finger
  • helpful but not essential is a  mini ice cream scoop…helps make the balls uniform.
Economy note: if you double the recipe you might be able to get away with one large egg for the wash.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.6mg


  1. Dan says:

    5 stars
    What temperature do these bake at?

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