18 December 2007

Jam Thumbprint Cookies


What does a lady do when she has little time but needs to bring cookies into the office for a party? And therefore needs an easy, delicious, and impressive cookie recipe? Why, she turns to the lovely Barefoot Contessa, of course!

Another goodie from Ina Garten. The dough reminds me of spritz cookies, for some reason: firmer than a spritz dough, but the flavor is similar. The coconut is the perfect flavor match to the jam. I used raspberry jam and cherry preserves (all I had on hand), and they turned out great; use whatever jam/preserves you love, I'm sure they'll all turn out perfectly too.


Jam Thumbprints
Ingredients:
3/4 lb. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 egg beaten + 1 Tbsp. water, for egg wash
7 oz. sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry and/or apricot jam (or anything else you like)

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until 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 wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale, they should each weigh 1-oz each.) 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 tsp. of jam into each indentation.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

6 comments:

Julie said...

Do you think I could make these without the coconut?

Gretchen Noelle said...

I *love* the coconut texture in these shots. It makes them look delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nemmie, they look so wonderful!
And I love the idea of pairing jam and coconut.

Nemmie said...

Julie: you can definitely make them without the coconut.

Sorry I've mostly been AWOL, dear readers and fellow bloggers. There's a lot going on in NemmieWorld. Hopefully things slow down soon and I can go back to stalking my favorite blogs...

mikel domeneck said...

these are fabulous!!! my partner and i love anything with coconut. he's not a big sweet eater. but he inhales these cookies. i have made them with different flavors of jams. pineapple is really good. they become pina colada cookies. so easy to make. i like any recipe that doesn't require rolling out dough.


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mikel domeneck said...

these are fabulous!!! my partner and i love anything with coconut. he's not a big sweet eater. but he inhales these cookies. i have made them with different flavors of jams. pineapple is really good. they become pina colada cookies. so easy to make. i like any recipe that doesn't require rolling out dough.

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