Monday, January 7, 2013

Things Seven: Week One: Swedish Thumbprint Cookies

One of my favorite treats that my mother made while i was growing up is thumbprint cookies.  There are lots of over complicated recipes for this delightful item, and i was a little frustrated because the recipes i was finding seemed way more complicated than the simple yumminess my mom made when i was a kid.  And then it donned on me!  My search for "Swedish Thumbprint Cookies" delivered the desired simplicity.  I found my recipe here, on allrecipes.com, but it's so simple, you might not need to even write it down.


Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup, sifted, all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup any flavor jam or preserves

yield:  3 dozen (mine made 16)

Instructions
(this part is copied ver batum from the allrecipes entry, with the exception of my comments in italics...and of course, the pictures.)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well.


Mine looked like this after a few seconds with the mixer. 
 And it was too crumbly to form into little cookie balls, so ...

...so i used my hand to form it all together 
into this cute yummy dough ball.
 Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets.   Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2-inch indentation. 


Fill with your favorite preserves. ( i used a ziploc back with the corner cut out.)
Oh, and i also used homemade fig and blueberry preserves, made from best friend figs and freecycle bluberries.



 3.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges. (mine took 15 minutes.)


Perfection.  YUM!


Plate of goodness!

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Going...

mmmmmmm


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