Jam Thumbprint cookies are a regular visitor in our home at Christmas time. It has been my son’s favorite ever since he was a little boy and they always seem to simply just disappear. Use whatever your favorite jam is. What I used this time was strawberry, cherry and a wonderful jam containing apricot, peach and passion fruit which have become wildly popular here at our house. Also, it is not an accident (well it actually is….but it’s not) that the recipe calls for both vanilla bean as well as vanilla extract. I did that totally by accident one year because I misread the recipe but it turned out even better, so ever since then I have used both. But if you don’t have the vanilla bean on hand just go with the extract, they still turn out great. 🙂
Thumbprint Cookies (makes 37 cookies)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (230 g)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 whole stick or 113 g), at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar (140 g), plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1 vanilla bean – seeds scraped from pod (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup of your favorite jam (strawberry, cherry etc)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl, whip the butter and sugar with an electrical mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla bean (if using) and the vanilla extract until combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients in 2 additions, mixing just until incorporated.
Scoop the dough into a 1 inch ball, toss in the extra sugar and roll using the palm of your hands. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press a thumbprint (or I use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon) into the center of dough ball, about 1/2 inch deep. Fill indentation with about 3/4 teaspoon jam.
Bake cookies until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Rotate the pans from top to bottom about halfway through baking. Cool cookies on the baking sheets. Enjoy.
Store cookies in a tightly sealed container.
Glædelig Jul and Merry Christmas♥
Source: adapted from Food Network