Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TWD: Thumbprints for Us Big Guys

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Pecan and Strawberry Jam Thumbprints


Mike of Ugly Food Dude selected Thumbprints For Us Big Guys for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.  This another one of those recipes that I had marked from the moment I first looked through Baking.  I love thumbprint cookies.  There is something just plain fun about sticking your finger in the middle of the cookie and squishing it nearly to the bottom.  As a kid, I always looked forward to family functions where an aunt would bring (store bought) thumbprint cookies that had a pecan sandy base and a super sweet sugary filling.  While I still have a fondness for those store bought cookies, I much prefer making my own especially since I have a myriad of tasty options for the filling.


Dorie's thumbprints are a little more grown up than the sugary ones of my youth.  She fills the cookies with a raspberry jam instead of icing and the cookie is made with hazelnuts instead of pecans.  Like most Dorie recipes, you do have a little leeway in the flavors you want to use.  I used a strawberry jam and stayed with pecans for my cookie.  


Except for mis-measuring the amount of butter for the cookie dough (I was making a 1/4 batch and scaled down incorrectly), I really didn't have any big issues with the cookies.  When I realized that I had not put the right amount of butter in I had to melt the remaining butter slightly to get it to incorporate into the rest of the dough.   That didn't work as well as I wanted so I also added a small amount of milk to get everything to combine completely.  


Pecan and Strawberry Jam Thumbprints


The strawberry jam was perfect with the pecan cookie base.  Sweet but not too sweet.  Are they more adult?  I think so.  But it really depends on the filling you use.  I'd like to try them with either apricot or cherry next time.  And if I happen to run across some hazelnuts in the store and remember, I'll pick some up to use in these cookies.  I'm sure they'll be delicious no matter what combination I try.


To get this week's recipe, you can check out Ugly Food Dude where Mike will have the recipe typed up.  You can also find it on page 164 of Baking.  For more thumbprint cookies, see the TWD blogroll.

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Jencrafted said...

Your thumbprint cookies look cool! I love thumbprint cookies but aren't able to bake along this week, so I'm drooling over every else's pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart said...

I see you added milk, too! :) Yours came together much nicer than mine did - very pretty!!

Nickki said...

Your cookies look lovely! I love the thought of strawberry jam with pecans.

Gabe's Girl said...

I wish I had thought to add a little milk to mine. May have helped mine along! Your cookies look so "cookies-in-bed" worthy! Great job!

Michelle said...

OH yum...these look delicious! Aren't Thumbprint cookies fun to make and they always look so darn cute!

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