Grandma sheep and baby sheep


This year, I spent Christmas and New Year’s with family in Montreal and had a memorable time. Some of the highlights were visiting the Grande Bibliothèque for the first time; seeing baby Andy, the newest addition to the family; having a heart-warming late night conversation with my sister-in-law, for which I’m very thankful; watching movies and playing games with my parents, brother, and little nieces; attending my cousin’s New Year’s gathering, where I witnessed a low key but sweet proposal; and baking candy cane and thumbprint cookies for my sister’s co-workers and friends.


These festive thumbprint cookies were very easy to make; I used a recipe that required only four ingredients. I didn’t roll the dough in orange zest, toasted almonds, or crushed candy canes either, which I had done last year. But simple really does wonders, you guys, because these cookies had great reviews! A delicious treat for all the jam lovers (hint hint), or for those who simply appreciate soft butter cookies with just a touch of sweetness.

I felt ecstatic when my sister decided to bake these with me. Baking isn’t her cup of tea, nor did we share any hobbies or passions growing up, so baking together that evening definitely made for an intimate moment. Props to her for doing the jam filling!

Thumbprint cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour and mix well, then add vanilla. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Imprint your thumb in the centre to make an indent. Fill with jam.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.

See original recipe here:


Meanwhile, Happy New Year! Wishing all of you the very best — love, happiness, health, success, and all the wonderful things that life has to offer.

From myself and little Miami, the furry ball of sass you see there, who also sends you sweet wishes. 

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