I can’t believe it, it’s February and I’m still talking about those thumbprint cookies except this time I’m focusing on the jam I successfully used to make decent looking thumbprint cookies. Some of you asked about the types of jam I used to make the thumbprint cookies so I thought I’d share.
By far, the thumbprint cookies that turned out the best were made with Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam. See this thumbprint cookie?
It was made with Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam.
The jam spread out evenly and although a bit too sweet for my liking, it paired really well with the shortbread-like cookie base. Made with raspberries, sugar, glucose-fructose, pectin, and citric acid, the Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam just seemed to give off the most uniform finish.
Now, I did try 3 other different jams and none of them turned out quite as nicely as these ones and it didn’t only have to do with the way I was shaping the holes to contain the jam. I even tried a different Smucker’s jam, this one from their Simple Blends line.
Yeah….but those thumbrprint cookies did NOT turn out well at all. They tasted great, but this is what they looked like:
Perfectly edible and delicious but not exactly something I’d bring over to a friend’s house. By this batch, I had already figured out how to make consistent holes to deposit the jam (notice how uniform the holes were?) and yet, the jam just didn’t spread as fully or as evenly.
See, here’s what the two cookies looked like side by side:
Can you guess which is which? Both cookies were made in the same batch but I ran out of the Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam midway. I switched to the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread. The cookie on the right has the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread. In case you thought it was just one random cookie, here’s another comparison.
When it comes to taste, I actually prefer the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread over its pure raspberry cousin. It’s a little tart and isn’t as sweet as the pure raspberry jam. It also has little bits of fruit in it which I quite like especially on my morning toast.
Made with fruits (strawberries/red cherries, raspberries), organic evaporated cane juice, concentrate white grape juice, concentrated lemon juice, and pectin, the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread had a better flavour profile. I also happen to like the choice of ingredients more in the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread.
For future thumbprint cookies, I’m going to opt for a more uniform jam like the Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam. For my breakfast or toast or maybe future fruit bars and squares? I’d definitely use the Smucker’s Simple Blends fruit spread instead.
Different jams for different events, who knew?! Now you do. So, if you’re thinking of making thumbprint cookies, be sure to test out the jam you use first on a few home batches. They’ll taste great regardless of how they look so it really is just a matter of finding one that works for you.
Having said that, I still don’t think I’ll be making thumbprint cookies anytime soon.
p.s. in case you want the recipe for these infamous thumbprint cookies, here’s a link to my earlier posts:
posted December 25, 2015: Merry Christmas, 2015, with some thumbprint cookies for good measure
posted January 8, 2016: Back to those thumbprint cookies…the saga and the discoveries
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