My mother has been looking for years for the recipe for some cookies that her mother made for my mother when she was a child. Since her mother (my grandmother) died when my mother was a teenager, she does not know where she could find it.
Anyway, the cookie is a shortbread-type thumbprint cookie with currant jelly in the thumbprint.
My grandmother was French-Canadian, which is why I think the recipe may be Canadian.
PS...I did look through the cookie recipes here on CC, and I have looked in the First American Cookie Cookbook (I think that's what it's called) that has recipes from the early 20th century through about the beginning of WWII.
How about these?
Not sure they are Canadian per se, but I think there are versions of jam thumbprint cookies all over the world. Perhaps the jam/flavour distinguishes the nationality more than anything else? My mum is British and made them for us, though I'm Canadian. I always assumed she had the recipe from childhood and not from our new country? Hmmm
Thanks, I sent those on to Mom, maybe one of those is the right one
PS...love you RI recipe!
Talked to Mom today, and she thinks that one of the recipes I forwarded to her that you posted here may be it. If it's not exactly it, sounds close. She will try to make them this weekend.
Here is my family recipe for "Thumbprint Cookies". I'm not sure of the origin, my grandmother is Italian. These sound like what you're looking for. They are one of my favorite cookies!
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup crisco
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsps vanilla
Cream sugar and crisco. Add remaining ingedients. Roll into a log and slice. Imprint with thumb and fill with jelly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.