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Thumbprint Cookies 指印饼干

by Angie Liew
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe 圣诞指印饼干

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Christmas is a time of sharing and baking these Christmas Thumbprint Cookies is one popular tradition of sharing the joy of the season. These cookies have a bit of crunch from the finely chopped walnuts, sweetness from the jam and richness from the butter. While these homemade Christmas Thumbprint Cookies make wonderful, well appreciated Christmas gifts to those getting the treats, however, the most meaningful, are to those giving them, as with all the mixing and rolling and decorating, they’ve actually shared the most important gift of all and that is: THEIR TIME.

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - enjoy

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies is a Christmas tradition. They are made with a shortbread-like dough that is formed into balls (walnut size) and then rolled in finely chopped nuts with a dollop of jam in the centre. These jam-filled thumbprints get an extra touch of texture thanks to the chopped walnuts. You may use any flavour jam, jelly or filling in these cookies. These classic cookies always turn out pretty and delectable. Nevertheless using a good quality jam and a good quality butter is key to baking these delicious two-bite cookies for the festive season.

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - dust with icing sugar

These impressive-looking christmas cookies are a welcome addition to any cookie baking collections. They make such delightful treats so much so that adults and children alike will love creating these fun and colourful Christmas Thumbprint Cookies. These are seriously good cookies so you may want to double this recipe as you may need more as they may not last till Christmas! These Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are simply gorgeous and are as tasty as they are festive.

SO ENJOY!

Thumbprint Cookies 指印饼干

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Christmas thumbprint cookies is a Christmas tradition. They are made with a shortbread-like dough that is formed into balls (walnut size) and then rolled in finely chopped nuts with a dollop of jam in the centre. Using a good quality jam and butter are key to baking these delicious thumbprint cookies.
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Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time1 hr 12 mins
Keyword: bake, Christmas, cookies

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Servings: 20 cookies

Ingredients
 

  • 113 gram butter, softened to room temperature
  • 50 gram sugar
  • 1 egg, separate into egg yolk & whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 gram all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 80 gram walnut, toasted & finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam, 60 gram

    Instructions
     

    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - ingredients
      Start by preparing and weighing all the ingredients needed.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - cube butter
      First cut butter into small cubes. This makes combining butter with other ingredients easier. Leave to soften to room temperature (about 20 minutes).
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - toast walnut
      Then, toast the walnuts in an oven preheated to 180 degree C for about 8 to 10 minutes until they are nicely brown. Toasting brings out the flavour of the nuts.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - chop walnut
      Let the walnuts cool and then finely chopped the walnuts.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - set aside walnut
      Put the chopped walnuts in a shallow bowl and set aside.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - separate yolk
      Separate one egg into yolk and white.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - whisk flour
      In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt. And we're ready to make the cookies.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - make cookie dough
      Start by making the cookie dough. Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until nice, creamy and smooth.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - beat
      Then, add in sugar and beat until its light and fluffy (2 - 3 minutes). This is to give it a lighter texture cookie.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - add yolk
      Next, add in the egg yolk.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - add vanilla
      Also, add in vanilla extract and beat everything together.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - add flour
      Next, add in the flour mixture.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - cookie batter
      Beat the flour mixture until a batter is formed. Scape down the sides. And we're done with the cookie dough.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - refrigerate dough
      Then, as this batter is quite soft, put the cookie dough in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and chill in refrigerator for about half an hour. (Just to get it firm enough to roll easily).
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - preheat oven
      When the cookie dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 180 degree C (350 degree F).
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - line baking sheet
      Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - whisk egg white
      Put the egg white in a large bowl and whisk it until it's nice and frothy.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - egg white in shallow bowl
      Pour it into another shallow bowl and set aside and we're ready to roll the chilled cookie dough.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - divide dough
      Using a tablespoon, weight each dough to 15g and roll into balls. You will have 20 balls. Weighing ensures the balls are of the same size and will bake evenly and the same amount of time.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - coat with egg white
      Then roll the dough ball in the whisked egg white. The egg white acts like a glue.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - coat with walnut
      Next, roll the glued ball in the chopped walnut, to cover them so that the nuts will stick to the dough.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - baking sheet
      Then, put the rolled ball on the lined baking sheet. Continue to do the same for the rest of the dough balls. Evenly space them on the baking sheet.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - make indentation
      Next, using your thumb or something round, make an indentation into the centre of each cookie dough.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - pipe with raspberry jam
      Fill each indentation with the raspberry jam using a small spoon or a filled piping bag. Do not overfill, just a little above the indentation so it will not flow over the sides when baked.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - fill with raspberry jam
      Continue to pipe until all the cookies are filled with jam.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - bake in oven
      Then, bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes until the edges of cookies are golden and the nuts have browned. Just touch the cookies and they should be firm when done.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - cool on wire rack
      Remove the baking sheet from oven and cool on wire rack.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - cool completely
      Then transfer the thumbprint cookies to another cooling rack to cool completely. And we're done!
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - enjoy
      These buttery soft yet crunchy cookies are to be enjoyed, with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.
    • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies Recipe - dust with icing sugar
      When cooled, dust with some icing sugar for a more festive look, if desire. An all time favourite for the holiday season. As always, ENJOY!

Enjoy!

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Notes

Try to use a good quality butter so that the flavour of butter can really be tasted in the cookies.
Other types of nuts like pecans, almonds or hazel nuts can be used to roll the cookie balls.
Use a good quality jam (any flavour) for better flavour. Also when you bake a good quality jam, it will keep its colour. A low quality jam tend to fade in colour. Any jam or jelly can be substituted for raspberry.
If you are baking beforehand, then bake the cookies without the jam. Reduce the baking time by a few minutes. Then only pipe in the jam on the day you want to serve them.

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