Good Food and Good Music. What more can you ask for?
In my family, Christmas isnt complete until we have made at least ten different types of cookies. This year we each decided to make one to two cookie batches EACH! There are five of us so we have plenty of cookies to give away! I took the second day of cooking (we have to do it in shifts there is so many cookies on the list!) and I decided to make thumbprint cookies. They are so cute, small and delicious! They will be perfect with a hot cup of tea sitting by the fireplace listening to your families insanity ;).
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg separated
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of flour
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup (approx.) of crushed almonds
1/4 cup (approx.) of strawberry jelly **
** you can use whatever flavor jelly you want
Since Im home I actually have an electric mixer! It was soo exciting :)! So with my mothers electric mixer I blended butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Then add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat together. (Be sure to keep the egg white in a small bowl and whisk it together until frothy)
In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the flour and salt. Then add the flour mixture to the batter and beat with the electric mixer until combined. I didnt have to but if the dough is too soft pop it into the fridge for about thirty minutes to an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make an assembly line of nuts, egg white and dough. First roll the dough in one inch balls and dip into the egg white and then roll it into the nuts. Place on the cookie sheet about one to two inches apart. Using your thumb (hence the title) push a small hole in the cookie and fill it in with about a 1/2 tsp of jam.
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and let it cool.
Enjoy and have a Happy Holiday!
Baby Its Cold Outside- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald (Mulato Beat Remix)