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Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints

November 14, 2011

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints

I hope you aren’t sick of cookies.  I have been on a cookie bender for the last week.  I am trying all sorts of new cookie recipes out for my Christmas presents.  I guess I just gave that away, didn’t I?!  Well no sense in dwelling on it.  I am going to find the best cookies and pack them up all nice and pretty maybe in a tin or a bag with a pretty bow 🙂  That’s later though, soon but later.

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints are probably the most popular thumbprint cookie.  You could also have pistachio, walnut, etc.  Another appealing feature of the thumbprint cookie is that you can change the flavor of jam and have a whole new cookie!!  Thumbprints are also great for packing and they store well.

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints


1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 large egg, separated, each part lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour, plus more for flattening cookies

1/2 cup toasted skinned hazelnuts, ground

Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, or Concord Grape Jam, for filling

To Prepare

Place the butter and 1/2 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and mix well.  Reduce the speed to low.  Add the flour and mix until just combined.  Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Stir together the hazelnuts and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls; dip the balls into the beaten egg white, then in hazelnut mixture.  Space 1 inch apart on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Press down the center of each ball with your thumb.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven; press down the centers again with the lightly floured end of a wooden spoon.  Return to the oven.  Bake the cookies until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Let cool slightly on the baking sheets on a wire rack.  Fill each center with jam.  Cookies can be stored in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Makes 2 dozen

From Martha Stewart Cookies

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints

Hazelnut Jam Thumbprints

Thumbprints are a definite Christmas cookie tin cookie!  Check out these great cookie recipes, Brown Butter Babies and Coconut Cream-Filled Macaroons!!  It won’t be long before our cookie tins fill up 🙂

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones


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