Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thumbprint Cookies

These are one of my most favorite cookies. I always try to keep some frozen dough in the freezer for whenever I get the craving. – Kirsti
Thumbprint Cookies
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
¾ c. butter*, softened
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 ¼ c. EGF All-Purpose Flour Mix ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
½ tsp. baking soda
1 c. finely chopped pecans
Raspberry or Strawberry jam

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until well blended. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla.

Gradually add the flour, xanthan gum, and baking soda. Mix well. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (This makes the dough easier to work with).

Preheat oven to 350°.

Roll dough into 1” balls. Place 2” apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Indent centers with your thumb.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven. Fill each cookie with ½–1 teaspoon of jam. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely on the pan.

Variations:
Instead of using jam, try Hershey kisses, caramel, or peanut butter. You could also use the cookie dough as a base for turtle cookies (caramel, pecans, and chocolate drizzled on top), or as a base for a cream pie.

* Don’t substitute margarine in this recipe. The cookies will not turn out as good.

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