Christmas Thumbprint Cookies. Recipe for Homemade cookies that Santa and the kids will love.
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar tightly packed
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup strawberry or blackberry jam or preserves
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar for sprinkling on top optional
Place butter a bowl of and beat until creamy with a hand mixer.
Add sugars, and beat, gradually increasing mixer speed to medium-high until ingredients are well-combined (about 30-60 seconds).
Add egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt.
With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients until completely combined. This dough will seem very dry and crumbly, so be sure to pause occasionally to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. If it starts to strain your mixer you can use your hands to finish working the dough together.
Scoop cookie dough into 1 Tablespoon-sized balls and roll very well (so that the dough is round and there are no cracks/seams in the cookie dough -- this will help keep your thumbprints from cracking).
Place on a wax-paper covered plate or small cookie sheet. Use your thumb or the rounded back of a teaspoon to gently press an indent in the center of the cookie dough. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
Transfer cookie dough to freezer and chill for 30 minutes.
Once dough is done chilling, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place your jam in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat briefly (about 5-10 seconds) or until jam is not hot but is no longer firm and is easy to stir.
Spoon jam into each thumbprint, filling each indent to the brim.
Once oven is preheated, place cookies at least 2" apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake on 375 F for 11 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown.
Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desire.
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