Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I {heart} Jam Thumbprint Cookies


Of all the things I bake, this is my Dad's favorite cookie. Simple, buttery, sweet Jam Thumbprints. And pressed into little hearts makes them just that much  sweeter.

I stumbled upon this wonderful recipe in Every Day Food Magazine a few years ago and it is still my favorite- simple enough to do with the kids too. No fancy mixer needed- a good bowl and spoon and you are set! (the recipe below is half the original recipe so you can easily double this if you plan to make a lotta hearts happy)

*1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
*1/2 cup granulated sugar
*1 egg
*1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
*jam of your choice (I used raspberry but others work well, such as apricot, strawberry, blueberry, you get the idea)

*preheat oven to 350 degrees
*mix butter and sugar until fluffy
*add egg and mix to combine
*add flour and mix to combine

(No need to chill, this dough is ready to go, but you can save it in the fridge or freezer for later use if you wish. Just bring to room temp when you plan to use it.)

For traditional cookies, roll 1 tablespoon of dough into ball, slightly flatten and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
*for heart variation, roll ball and form into teardrop shape, slightly flatten. Repeat and attach second teardrop to form heart*
repeat with remaining dough

*Moisten finger with water and lightly press into each cookie
*fill with jam
*bake for 15-20 minutes
*allow to cool
Eat~ a perfect tea time treat

~Kimberley


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