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Thumbprint Cookies

December 15, 2009

One of my favorite Christmas cookie types isn’t even one that we usually make at my house!  Instead, it’s one that some close family friends make every year, and it’s so popular that everyone in my family gets excited to have them.  They are a good cookie at any time of the year, but there’s something about them that makes them a great holiday treat too!  If you wanted to do something a little more creative, put one of each jam-type next to each other with their sides touching.  When they bake, they’ll expand just a little and then you will have jewel-toned trios of deliciousness!  I just made them for work, so I left them one their own — more cookies equals more happy faces 🙂

You will need:

  • 2 sticks margarine (softened)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 2 1/2 t grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • ~2 T each of seedless raspberry jam, apricot preserves, and strawberry preserves

Ready to Bake

Then you…

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg and extracts.  Add nutmeg and salt.
  3. Work in the flour in 3 batches until a soft dough forms.
  4. Cover in plastic wrap and chill for an hour (you may not need to do this step, but it makes the dough easier to work with).
  5. Preheat oven to 350 with rack in the middle.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll dough into balls using roughly 1 teaspoon of dough for each.  Leave about 1 inch between the cookies on the baking sheet.
  7. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  8. Fill indentations with just a little bit of one of the jams.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes until just turned golden on the edges.
  10. Cool on the baking sheet for 2-4 minutes and then transfer to racks to cool completely.
  11. Be careful!  The jam is really, REALLY hot when these first come out of the oven!

Cooling!

NOTE:  If you are doing a lot of holiday cookie baking, you can also cool cookies on top of brown paper bags.  It’s a simple way to reuse grocery bags that are sitting around!

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