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Law Thyne's Thumbprint Cookies (Carvers Bakery Cafe in Winter Park)
Law Thyne posing in front of Carvers Bakery Cafe pastry sign


  • ½ cup butter, unsalted                                  
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, large egg
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup nuts or coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup jam



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter & sugar in a mixer bowl for 2-5 minutes. (mix should be fluffy & light in color)
  3. Add egg yolk & lemon juice. Beat until well incorporated.
  4. Stir in flour by hand.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Lightly beat egg white until it begins to foam.
  7. Roll dough balls in egg white, then roll dough balls in toasted, chopped nuts.
  8. Arrange dough balls 2 inches apart on ungreased sheet pan.
  9. Bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven.
  11. Use back of ¼ teaspoon to create a “thumbprint” in the center of the cookies.
  12. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. Fill with jam.


This recipe is versatile! Roll dough balls in different nuts and get creative with fillers. Some of Carver’s favorite combos include:

  • Coconut with key lime curd or blueberry preserves
  • Hazelnuts with fig jam
  • Almonds with blackberry or cherry preserves
  • Pecans with orange marmalade
  • Salted peanuts and caramel sauce


Dave Naples: ... about that crying attorney

Dave Naples posing in front of the model Christmas train building

Four decades ago, the lawyer’s wife hired Dave Naples – then 25 years of age – to build a model train set in the basement of her home. It was a milestone birthday for her husband, the lawyer, his fiftieth. His wife wanted to do something special. Naples did not disappoint. He built the model railroad in two weeks, while the lawyer was away fishing off the Katmai Coast in Alaska. When he returned, his wife blindfolded him, led him to the basement, then removed the blindfold. “Happy birthday, honey,” she said with a smile. That’s when Naples handed him the train controls. Emotion flooded the lawyer, who, for a moment, lost his reputation for being hard-nosed. Words escaped him, as tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. 


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