When I was at the lake a few weeks ago we happened into a little shop that sold items made by Stonewall Kitchen. My favorite thing about this shop was that they had samples out so you could taste the products. Seriously, if you hung around long enough you could make a meal out of it. Needless to say we “tested” just about everything!
Once I tasted this jam there was no doubt it was coming home with me. Alongside all the samples were recipes for dishes that are made with Stonewall Kitchen products. The recipe that goes along with the jam is Thumbprint Cookies.
These were easy peasy and really sort of fun. They would be great to make with kids. Instead of using the end of a spatula (like I did) to make the “thumbprint,” your kids could actually use their thumbs.
The dough calls for crushed walnuts. I roasted mine a bit before I ground them. They add so much flavor and texture to the dough.
- 1 c. butter at room temp.
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg plus one egg yolk
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 2/3 c. flour
- 3/4 t. salt (omit if you use salted butter)
- 1/2 c. ground walnuts
- Jam of your choice (I used Stonewall Kitchen Sour Cherry Jam)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla one at a time.
- Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add to butter mixture slowly, mixing well between additions.
- Dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Put out on to wax paper and knead a few times.
- Wrap up and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Roll dough into one inch balls and drop onto cookie sheet.
- Make indentation in each ball with the end of a spatula or your thumb.
- Drop 1/2 t. jam into each hole.
- Bake 13 – 15 min.
- Let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
- Remove onto cooling rack.
I put a patriotic spin on these and they could be used for the 4th of July or Labor Day. They would be great during the holiday season too. I’m not being paid or endorsed in any way by Stonewall Kitchen. I thought these looked good and I wanted to try something new. I like the way they turned out and they taste wonderful…and I should know because I ate several along the way!
Give them a try if you have kids or grandkids. You’ll have fun. Promise.