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Thumbprint Cookies [Jan. 29th, 2014|11:41 am]
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This is a fantastic old-fashioned cookie recipe. I make it with gluten-free flour since gluten causes me gut issues, but it'll work just fine with regular wheat flour. I've based the recipe off this with a few tweaks.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour (I use gluten-free pancake mix, and it turns out beautifully)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2/3 cup any flavour fruit jam or jelly
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
Separate egg, reserving egg white. Cream butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla.
Add flour and salt, mixing well.
Shape dough into 1.5" balls. Roll in egg white, then walnuts. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven. With thumb, dent each cookie. Put jelly or preserves in each thumbprint. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Cool on rack.

Try not to eat them all. They have a delicate, subtle flavour, and are one of the tastiest cookies I've ever made, and that's saying a lot, because I make damned fine cookies.

[User Picture]From: elanya
2014-01-29 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, I suppose I could make cookies tonight >.>
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[User Picture]From: valkryor
2014-01-30 01:00 pm (UTC)
Does that pancake mix have any xantham or guar gum or any leveners ? I have a crap tonne of various gluten free flours, but no mixes (I make my own).
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[User Picture]From: shanmonster
2014-02-01 01:11 pm (UTC)
I don't have any handy, but I'd presume you'd need something approximating a gluten-free flour mix. Rice flour on its own, for example, likely wouldn't have the cohesion.

Quinoa or teff flour may work, though.
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[User Picture]From: the_lucky_nun
2014-01-31 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recipe! I have a bunch of odd-flavored jams that are going to become odd-flavored cookies: lingonberry, whiskey marmalade, gooseberry.
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[User Picture]From: elanya
2014-02-02 07:47 pm (UTC)
...i just looked back here to grab this recipe, but I have to say that whiskey marmalade sounds pretty delicious.
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[User Picture]From: the_lucky_nun
2014-02-04 06:49 pm (UTC)
It's distributed by a company called Mackay's. I buy it from Brits, a shop in town (here in Lawrence, Kansas) that specializes in treats from the UK. I hope you can find it or something similar!
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