Jun 16, 2010

Thumbprint Cookie Craze


It was just one of those days, when the weather is gorgeous, and you have all the time on your hands, and you crave sugar! Just had to make something quick, so I pulled out my "Baking from my home to yours" book by Dorie Greenspan, and landed my eyes on thumbprint cookies.
Actually never made them before, and it sounded like they would taste like vanilla crescents, which I LOVE! They do, with a bonus of fruity marmalade/jam.
I have more than enjoyed these cookies, and I have really gone crazy with varieties of jams/marmalades. Worked well with all of the flavors, though for my taste Red cornel aka European cornel, was just perfect.


Is there someone out there who never had these cookies? If yes, you better hurry up, it’s way to simple, and way too melt-in-your-mouth delicious to pass up!

Thumbprints for us big guys
From “Baking: From My Home To Yours” by Dorie Greenspan

1 3/4 cups finely ground hazelnuts
(I have used walnuts, almonds are fine too)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flower
2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
About 1 cup raspberry jam (or the jam or marmalade of your choice)

Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. Whisk together ground nuts and flour.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the extracts and beat to blend. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the nut-flower mixture, mixing only until it is incorporated into the dough.

Working with a teaspoonful of dough at a time, roll the dough between your palms to form small balls and place the balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Steadying each cookie with the thumb and forefinger of one hand, use the pinkie of your other hand (or the end of a wooden spoon) to poke a hole in the center of each cookie. Be careful not to go all the way down to the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The cookies should be only slightly colored–they may even look underdone, which is fine: they should not be overbaked. When the cookies are baked, remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies rest on the sheets for 2 minutes before transferring them to cooling racks with a wide metal spatula and sifting confectioner’s sugar over them.
Repeat with the remaining dough, remembering to cool the baking sheets before baking the next batch.

Bring jam to a boil in a small saucepan over low heat, or bring to a boil in a microwave oven; remove from the heat. Fill the indentations of all the cookies with enough of the hot jam to come level with the tops. Cool to room temperature.
Enjoy! Share!

51 comments:

Vera said...

Savrseni su!

Boabe de Cafea said...

I have to try your recipe this weekend! Good job!

Ruza123 said...

divni su,ja ih volim s ljesnjakom,tijesto mi je puno ukusnije ,a tvoji su prlijepi !!!!:)

ajcabuang04 said...

Wow!! These look super great and simple!! YUM!

Sweetums said...

I have had thumbprint cookies before but none that looked that good! They are so wonderfully pretty and yummy looking!

Anonymous said...

Predivno!kiss, B

Anonymous said...

nisam sigurna da mi je prosao prethodni komentar, stoga saljem ponvo :-)
ne zna se sta je ljepse, slika ili kolacici!? pravi si majstor, za sve, B

Melita said...

Thank you all, glad you like them, I love sharing simple, yet great recipes with you!

Draga B i ostale dame - hvala puno!

Casa de vainilla said...

Predivno izgledaju!!!

Taz said...

yum,I love thumb print biscuits and yours are especially cute! Beautiful pictures.

flutterbyblue said...

These look beautiful!!! (and they sound delicious!) Thanks for sharing!

Laura T. said...

Ohhh, hazelnut in thumbprint cookies. Yum!

Sophia said...

Great job! They look delicious and remind me of klachkis. My favorite thumbprint cookies are definitely Thumbprint Cookies with Rose Jelly. I want to try yours soon though, so thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Stunning photos, and cookies too! Look so delicious!

mignonne said...

Krtasne fotkice i receptic!;)))

The Cooking Photographer said...

Beautiful pictures! I love your compositions.

Laura

Michelle said...

Those are really beautifully made! The most lovely thumbprint cookies ever!

Tali said...

Njam njam!! OMG I looove the look of these so delicate but yummy!

small kitchen table said...

This is so timely! It's my tweens birthday party n the weekend and this is going to be a nice treat for them.

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are so pretty! They look perfect! I made apricot thumbprint cookies a week ago but they do not look as beautiful as yours - I'll be bookmarking the recipe!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

I just found your blog and I am glad I did. The cookies look fabulous. Look forward to following you here.

Cheers!

mamajac said...

Nisam sve citala, u zurbi sam stalno nekoj, samo sam morala da kazem da su fotke FANTASTICNE, narocito prva. Bas si mi razvedrila dan svim onim bojama :)

astheroshe said...

WOW ! Just found your blog! It is really amazing! Soo many things i want to bake . Thank you soo much for sharing all these unusual recipes .

Nela said...

Wow! Bas super izgleda!!!! Divne fotke!

Jessica said...

Beautiful photos. The recipe looks easy and delicious too. I am definitely going to try these...I've got some blackberry jam (homemade) that needs to be eaten!

jessyburke88@gmail.com

Tadeja said...

Ne znam što me više privuklo, kolačići ili scena za fotkanje, sa svim tim crvenim posuđem! :)

jose manuel said...

Se ven deliciosas estas galletas. Saludos

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Sarah Banani said...

Hi! Your cookies are beautiful. How many did you get from one batch?

Umm Mymoonah said...

Just couldn't go out from your blog, amazed with all your baking and sweet stuff. Lovely lovely........
Following you:-)

Mika said...

I read some of your posts and now I love your blog, It's full of wonderful recipes I have never heard about...

baby crib said...

Well done. I saw thumbprint cookies in a restaurant. It looks so good but when I taste it, it doesn't. Yours really looks good. I will try that recipe on my daughters coming birthday.

alison said...

beautiful,melita!

Pam said...

They look great! This is about my favorite cookie and you did them perfectly! I'm new here and I will be returning to your great blog for sure!

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maya said...

The cookie recipe is very straightforward.These little cookies look delicious.Beautiful pictures,Melita!

Tengo un horno y sé cómo usarlo said...

Great blog, and marvellous photos!
My fisrt visit to your blog and it is awsome! I'm becoming one of your followers.
Cheers from Spain!

ozlem said...

I loved this blog. Very cute, very delicious everything..

Eugenia said...

These look amazing!

umuts8 said...

thank you for sharing

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Hi! I've just stumbled across your blog, been through your recipes (oh my gosh that Egyptian torte) and I love all of your recipes and your beautiful presentation. I'd just like to say well done, and I'll be following.

Boabe de Cafea said...

Hey, we miss you! I will be glad to see some new recipes from you. :)

Indie.Tea said...

Your thumbprint cookies are so beautiful (and your photographs are amazing)...so many delicious flavors!

ALIMENTA said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! que bueno!!! me encantan estas galletas y me encanta tu blog!!
Besos

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Peggy said...

Oh my gosh these cookies look fabulous! They're just gorgeous!

nicolina said...

A happy new year. Happy Birthday!

Zahra said...

these look reallyyyyy good! like *drool*

And when you say they are easy...ok I just might have to make them tonight ;) LOL

Lovely site by the way :)

P.S. Where did you get that awesome 'popular posts' side bar from? I've been trying to get something like that for AGES lol

ДраганаГага said...

Draga, svrati do mene po nagradicu :)

Umuts said...

thank you for sharing

Eileen said...

What a lovely presentation!