Friday, December 3, 2010

Thumbprint Cookies-Week 10

One of my favorite cookies...I know, I say that alot, is thumbprint cookies. I am not sure what it is about them that I will choose first off of a goodie tray. I have shown you the Butter Meltaways that were filled with that sweet cream cheese filling, this week I am going with a butter cookie filled with your choice of jam. I have used raspberry, strawberry and apricot and all of them went well together, although my preference would be the tanginess of raspberry.
So here we are at week 10, only 2 more to go. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!
Giant's Thumbprint Cookies
from: Gale Gand

8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, soft insides scraped out
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup jam of your choice

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 sheep pans or use 1 pan and bake the cookies in 3 batches.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer) until fluffy. Add the vanilla scrapings and salt and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and mix at low speed until incorporated.

Using your hands, roll the dough into golf ball size balls and arrange them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet flattening them out a bit as you go. Using your thumb, press the top of each cookie to make a shallow well. Roll your thumb back and forth to widen the well. Using a small spoon, fill the wells with jam.

Bake until very lightly browned around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Store in an air tight container.




Week 10 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

20 comments:

Katie Rose said...

You can't go wrong with a thumbprint cookie. I love that you can even make a huge variety without any additional trouble, just pop open some various flavors of jam for the filling. Not much extra trouble and then you can have cookies with strawberry, apricot, cherry, etc. all on one tray.

Megan said...

Hi April!!! Happy Holidaze. ;)

I have so much jam in the cupbaord that I need to use and these would be an excellent way to go just that. And all the different flavors I could make!

Smitten Sugar said...

I love thumbprint cookies but have never made them myself! Now I am hungry for them! Looks like I know what Im doing tongiht!

Tracy said...

I have been looking for a good thumbprint cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Bethie said...

Looks yummy babe! I didn't make at thing. Lazy me.

Sue said...

Abby, thumbprint cookies are one of my favorites too! They are so pretty and taste so good! Love that you used three different jams; I'd love to try them all:)
THANKS SO MUCH for heading up this fun Christmas cookie group!

Mickey said...

They look delicious! Never made them myself but maybe I should. Thanks for hosting our 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I am loving all the wonderful recipes.
mickey

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't ever think I've had these!

Katy said...

Yum! I always intend to make thumbprint cookies, and never get around to it. And they are one of my husband's faves...oops! :)

Pam said...

They look great and bet they are delicious! I always make them this time of year but add the jam after baking. I'll be trying it your way now. Thanks!

Barbara said...

Always have loved thumbprint cookies, April. With raspberry jam, of course. I've had fun with the cookies, but this one will be my last. :( Still will check in with you though!

Steph said...

Can't beat a good thumbprint cookie!!

Ingrid said...

I'd grab for the raspberry filled one first too!

Hope you're enjoying the season!
~ingrid

Lisa said...

I think the raspberry would be my favorite too. I'm definitely enjoying this holiday season especially because of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies group. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

Valerie said...

These look so perfect!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I love thumbprints too, especially when filled with Nutella :) Yumm.

Trisha said...

I love cookies with jam and I've been meaning to bake some thumbprint cookies for a while now. I think I'll try this version out.

Beth said...

I love good old-fashioned thumbprint cookies. Yours are so pretty!

Lee Ann said...

I still haven't made thumbprint cookies yet... I love them though! These look amazing!!

ezsrecipes.com said...

These cookies look lovely. I have been missing out on the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies because I simply have not been in baking mode until yesterday. But I will be posting my cookies today or tomorrow and can finally join in for the last couple of weeks!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thumbprint Cookies-Week 10

One of my favorite cookies...I know, I say that alot, is thumbprint cookies. I am not sure what it is about them that I will choose first off of a goodie tray. I have shown you the Butter Meltaways that were filled with that sweet cream cheese filling, this week I am going with a butter cookie filled with your choice of jam. I have used raspberry, strawberry and apricot and all of them went well together, although my preference would be the tanginess of raspberry.
So here we are at week 10, only 2 more to go. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!
Giant's Thumbprint Cookies
from: Gale Gand

8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, soft insides scraped out
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup jam of your choice

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 sheep pans or use 1 pan and bake the cookies in 3 batches.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer) until fluffy. Add the vanilla scrapings and salt and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and mix at low speed until incorporated.

Using your hands, roll the dough into golf ball size balls and arrange them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet flattening them out a bit as you go. Using your thumb, press the top of each cookie to make a shallow well. Roll your thumb back and forth to widen the well. Using a small spoon, fill the wells with jam.

Bake until very lightly browned around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Store in an air tight container.




Week 10 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

20 comments:

Katie Rose said...

You can't go wrong with a thumbprint cookie. I love that you can even make a huge variety without any additional trouble, just pop open some various flavors of jam for the filling. Not much extra trouble and then you can have cookies with strawberry, apricot, cherry, etc. all on one tray.

Megan said...

Hi April!!! Happy Holidaze. ;)

I have so much jam in the cupbaord that I need to use and these would be an excellent way to go just that. And all the different flavors I could make!

Smitten Sugar said...

I love thumbprint cookies but have never made them myself! Now I am hungry for them! Looks like I know what Im doing tongiht!

Tracy said...

I have been looking for a good thumbprint cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Bethie said...

Looks yummy babe! I didn't make at thing. Lazy me.

Sue said...

Abby, thumbprint cookies are one of my favorites too! They are so pretty and taste so good! Love that you used three different jams; I'd love to try them all:)
THANKS SO MUCH for heading up this fun Christmas cookie group!

Mickey said...

They look delicious! Never made them myself but maybe I should. Thanks for hosting our 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I am loving all the wonderful recipes.
mickey

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't ever think I've had these!

Katy said...

Yum! I always intend to make thumbprint cookies, and never get around to it. And they are one of my husband's faves...oops! :)

Pam said...

They look great and bet they are delicious! I always make them this time of year but add the jam after baking. I'll be trying it your way now. Thanks!

Barbara said...

Always have loved thumbprint cookies, April. With raspberry jam, of course. I've had fun with the cookies, but this one will be my last. :( Still will check in with you though!

Steph said...

Can't beat a good thumbprint cookie!!

Ingrid said...

I'd grab for the raspberry filled one first too!

Hope you're enjoying the season!
~ingrid

Lisa said...

I think the raspberry would be my favorite too. I'm definitely enjoying this holiday season especially because of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies group. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

Valerie said...

These look so perfect!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I love thumbprints too, especially when filled with Nutella :) Yumm.

Trisha said...

I love cookies with jam and I've been meaning to bake some thumbprint cookies for a while now. I think I'll try this version out.

Beth said...

I love good old-fashioned thumbprint cookies. Yours are so pretty!

Lee Ann said...

I still haven't made thumbprint cookies yet... I love them though! These look amazing!!

ezsrecipes.com said...

These cookies look lovely. I have been missing out on the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies because I simply have not been in baking mode until yesterday. But I will be posting my cookies today or tomorrow and can finally join in for the last couple of weeks!