"On her tongue is the law of kindness..."

"On her tongue is the law of kindness..."

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thumbprint Cookies

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry and/or apricot jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until just combined, and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15-30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, or use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to measure out the dough. Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

Alternative: You can make variations of the jam in the center of the thumbprint cookies - try raspberry, strawberry, peach or apple jam or preserves prior to placing cookies in the oven. Or, you can cook the cookies and after they have been removed from the oven and cooled, you can add a frosting.

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