Sunday, November 16, 2008
For cookie #3 The Husband chose Jam Thumbprint Cookies. I made these many times before. When I bake them the house smells so nice from the toasted coconut. Lovely. They are very easy to make and don’t need special equipment or ingredients. Also a wonderful recipe to bake with your kid/s, which I did.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature*
1 cup sugar*
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry and/or apricot jam*
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.
* to bring butter to room temperature quickly, put it in the microwave and warm for 1 minute per stick at 10% power level.
* I think the cookies are a bit too sweet, and even my husband, the one with the sweet tooth, who eats 1/4 cup of jam on a slice of bread, has agreed! In cakes, I usually take ¼ cup sugar off Ina’ recipes because I think her cakes are too sweet for me. In this recipe I didn’t try it but next time I will omit 2-3 tablespoons and see how it goes. This time, I’ll leave it to your judgment.
* I also used Nuttela and hazelnut spread as fillings for the cookie. Very good.
Coming up next… Herbal tea that goes together perfectly with cookies. Even if you are a coffee drinker (like I am).