Thumbprints ... Christmas Cookies
Lately, I enjoy making cookies as Christmas gift which I usually do every year. Apart from gingerbreads, chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies..I also made thumbprints as well.
The recipe is taken from "Baking from my home to yours" by Doris Greenspan, I chose this one because we love shortbread and the texture of this one is similar to shortbread. But I made some changes by using almonds and strawberry jam instead of hazelnuts and raspberry jam.
1 3/4 cup finely ground almonds
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Confectioners'sugar for dusting
about 1 cup strawberry jam
* I used vanilla sugar so I did not put the vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk together ground almonds and flour.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy.
3. Add the extract and beat to blend.
4. Reduce to low speed and gradually add the nut-flour mixture, mixing only until it is incorporated into the dough.
5. Working with a teaspoonful of dough, roll the dough between your palms to form small balls and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
6. Steady each cookie with the thumb or the end of a wooden spoon to poke a hole in the center of each cookie.
7. Bake for 15-18 mins, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point.
8. When the cookies are baked, remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies rest on the sheet for 2 mins before transferring them to the rack and sifting confectioners'sugar over them.
9. Repeat with the remaining dough, remember to cool the baking sheets before baking the next batch.
10. Bring the jam to boil in the microwave then fill it in each cookie's hole.
11. Cool to room temperature.
Let's enjoy the Christmas cookies.
I also think to send this Thumbprints Cookies to Susan of Food Blogga for season 2 of Eat Christmas Cookies (If I can because I just noticed that today is the last day I can submit) - a nice event Susan organizes,Announcing Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2, http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2008/11/announcing-eat-christmas-cookies-season.html