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Dec 25, 2015 pic - christmasMerry Christmas, everyone!

Well, here we are. Christmas has arrived and my big kid is over the moon. Ask her what she really wants for Christmas and she’ll tell you that she just wants more family time and I couldn’t agree with her more.

Life moves much too quickly for anyone to enjoy it so the holiday season (whatever it is for you) is always greatly appreciated.

This year, I ventured to make thumbprint cookies. Correction: I ventured to master thumbprint cookies. Initially, all the recipes I read sounded simple enough and seemed to follow regular baking conventions: make a wet mix, make a dry mix, combine to make cookie dough. Well, the more research I did, the more complex it became.

Some recipes wanted me to bake the cookies for a while, then take them out, then add the jam and put them back in the oven for a final bake. Others wanted me to bake them completely and only add the jam at the end. So, I went with what I thought was the simplest recipe.

Turns out, it wasn’t as simple as I thought.

A few days ago, I posted this pic of my first batch of thumbprint cookies. Here it is again, in case you missed it. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Yep, they look like a bird pooped jam on my cookies, not very attractive but very yummy. My family ate the entire batch quite happily. So, if you’re interested in making a batch of thumbprint cookies that may look terrible but taste great (or if you just want to read about my saga and have a good laugh), read on!

Making thumbprint cookies: ingredients needed

If you want to make a batch of thumbprint cookies, here are the ingredients I used:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together. - thumbprint cookies - batch1
In a separate large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Then add the sugar and mix together. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Add the egg and vanilla and mix. It’ll become quite thick. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Add the dry mix to the wet mix. Combine/fold together using a spatula. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

When ready, the dough comes together in one uniformed ball of happiness. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Roll balls (about 1 teaspoon in size). - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Now, here’s the part that I did that you DON’T want to do. I used a small spoon to make the indent because I was grossed out at the idea of sticking my thumb into every cookie. So, instead I used the back of a small spoon to make the hole. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Bad idea.

Next mistake: plopping the jam in the middle of the cookie. I read a number of comments online and some complained that their jam spilled over the edges. I figured it must be because the jam spreads quite a bit during the baking process.  So, I only dropped the jam in the centre of each cookie but I also wasn’t sure how much jam to drop into each cookie so I tried different amounts and I tried 2 different jams. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

This is how my first batch of thumbprint cookies turned out, not particularly appealing to the eye. You can see the jam didn’t really spread much and my cookies cracked and pretty much looked like I had stepped on them. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

These thumbprint cookies were tasty, slightly buttery, not too sweet but absolutely hideous looking. I also realized I needed to add more jam. - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Needless to say, the thumbprint cookies turned out better with practice and I learned a few things along the way:

1. Use a wooden spoon or something with a small rounded bottom to poke the holes

2. Only roll a few balls at once and then poke the holes. Roll too many, the dough balls start to cool off and they split when you poke them.

3. Not all jams are equal. Go for a jam that’s smooth and spreads evenly when warm. It’ll work better in the oven.

I’ll be sure to post my updated thumbprint cookie stories soon but in the meantime, enjoy today, enjoy the holidays, spend time with family and loved ones and we’ll chat soon!

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