In honor of the dude having a heart attack in my parking lot, I decided to give all of you the option to have your own heart attack (in my parking lot please, I don't do house calls) with some butter-rich jam thumbprint cookies.
This is the easiest and best recipe for thumbprints. For super-christmas-ness, you can use cherry and green apple jam (I used blueberry and peach Allfruit). You can also fill the thumbprints with Nutella if you prefer to die sooner.
Cut 1 cup butter (2 sticks) with 2/3 a cup sugar using a pastry cutter. When crumbly, add 2 cups of flour and 1 teeaspoon of almond extract (you may use vanilla or orange instead) and mix with a wooden spoon until homogeneous.
Form 1" balls and place on a greased cookie sheet, leaving room for cookies to spread. Make thumbprints by pushing thumb in dough from one direction, then turning the sheet and pressing from the other direction as well (to make an even well in the middle). Fill with jam of your choice. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Don't eat until cooled and set.
If you want to entertain yourself while the cookies bake, you can consider the appalling ratio of butter to flour in this recipe. Kind of makes you sick, doesn't it?