Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fruity Thumbprints

There is a certain cookie manufacturer that makes these heavenly fruit filled cookies that I love.  I have been known to eat the whole bag at once.  Unfortunately for me these are a little pricey and I feel loads of guilt when I buy them and don't share.

So Dude and I found a recipe for home made thumbprint cookies.
This is super simple and yields fabulous cookies that can be customized to your specific tastes with the kind of jam you use.  Next time I might go for fig preserves.  Yummy!!

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Take your room temperature butter and cream it together with the brown sugar.  When it is nice and creamy add the vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour and salt, then add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.

If you forget 1/2 of the butter you can add it now and the cookies will still be fabulous.  Don't ask me how I know, I just know.

Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and set on cookie sheet.  Them press a thumbprint in middle.  Smoosh the sides together whenever they crack to make a solid well for your jam.  Then fill the well with your fruity goodness.

Put them in the oven at 325 for about 20 minutes.  Then remove to a cooling rack.  The jam will be boiling so be sure to keep little fingers away until they are well cooled.

Before you make these be sure to tell your friends and promise them some.  We ended up with 24 cookies and enjoyed every one!

Fruity Thumbprints
1 cup salted butter, softened
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
Jam or jelly (3/4 cups)

Cream butter and brown sugar until creamy and add vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine salt and flour.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well.
scoop out two tablespoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets.
Gently make well in the middle of each dough ball and press together side to hold the jam.
Fill the well with jam or jelly.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes and set on a cooling rack to cool.


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