December eleven, 2017 By Sam 162 Comments
These traditional thumbprint cookies are manufactured with a basic sugar cookie dough, rolled in sparkling sugar, and then indented and filled with your option of jam! These are an all-time favored cookie recipe, and the filling choices are definitely limitless!
We had our first snow right here this past weekend! It was a light snow that’s pretty much all melted away by now, but Saturday (which also happened to be my birthday) was stunning. It was so cozy in my kitchen with the glow from the Christmas tree and Christmas music enjoying, and to best almost everything off I had a batch of these thumbprint cookies baking in the oven, which I shared that evening when my loved ones came more than.
Even although the birthday cake that Zach made me was the dessert star of the show, I also had these thumbprint cookies out for a bite-sized deal with alternative (since you can’t have as well numerous desserts), and everybody loved them. Even Andi liked them, however she only ate the edges of the cookies and wouldn’t consume the jam filling simply because of seeds (I’d think that was ridiculous if I wasn’t precisely the identical way at her age).
These thumbprint cookies are straightforward to make and the taste is amazing — they have soft, sweet interiors, sugared exteriors (though you can leave off the sugar if you’d like) and jam filled centers. Let’s get began on how to make the perfect thumbprint cookies.
- For perfectly soft cookies that don’t spread: Each time feasible, I advise employing a scale to measure out your elements. It is so, so effortless to in excess of-measure or beneath-measure flour when utilizing cups, triggering your cookies to be also difficult or to spread when they shouldn’t. If you don’t have a scale presently, here is the 1 that I use in my own kitchen (affiliate hyperlink), it’s affordable and accurate and I can’t even bake without having it any longer.
- For thumbprints that don’t crack: This dough is firm ample that you must be ready to roll it into balls proper after mixing it collectively (no chilling). Roll the balls amongst your hands right up until they are really, actually smooth and there are no lines or cracks in the dough. Roll the cookie dough in sugar (optional) and then gently use your thumb or a teaspoon to gradually press an indent into the cookie. If you see the dough commencing to crack anyway, you can usually press the dough back collectively efficiently!
- Thumbprint Cookie Filling: I know that not all recipes do this, but I recommend adding the jam/preserves (you can use either) before baking the cookies. If the jam is too company and isn’t easy to drop into the cookies, then area it in a microwave-secure bowl and heat it in the microwave for just a couple of seconds, just until finally it is straightforward to stir (you don’t want the jam to be hot, just a lot more fluid and cooperative).
- One more tip to prevent spreading: This is a excellent rule of thumb for just about every single cookie recipe. In no way place your cookies on a hot cookie sheet. Make certain your cookie sheet has cooled completely before placing your next batch of cookies, otherwise they’ll start off melting before they can commence baking, and they’re a lot a lot more probably to spread.
I utilized raspberry preserves in this recipe and actually loved the way that the slightly tart raspberry flavor melded with the sweet sugar cookie bases. You can use any range of jam or preserves that you desire, however, I know that apricot and strawberry are well-known choices. You can also definitely opt for a seedless selection, I liked the texture of the raspberry seeds (anything my twelve year old self would be in utter shock to hear), but know that not absolutely everyone does!
As I pointed out over, I really advocate incorporating the jam before baking the cookies, but if you forget you can add it afterwards (you’ll need to re-indent the cookies right away after they come out of the oven with a rounded teaspoon if you wait). As the cookies awesome the jam will settle and firm up, and whilst it’ll continue to be somewhat tacky even when cooled, they’re even now company adequate that I stacked these thumbprint cookies on a platter to serve them more than the weekend.
Enjoy, and I’d enjoy to know what your favored filling is!