Every year during the holidays I tend to gravitate towards the same recipes time and time again – the family favorites and classics that have become something tantamount to sacred tradition in our house.
Until something comes along and catches my eye which I can’t wait to try! Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake tempts me all the time with delectable treats like Quadruple Chocolate Cookies (yes, you heard me right, quadruple) and Earthquake Cookies.
So when I sat down and dreamed up a list of bloggers I’d love to have over for a cookies swap, Liz ranked right up at the top. I’m thrilled she could drop by today and share one her favorite holiday cookie recipes!
The first of my holiday cookie exchanges is coming up this week, so when Jen asked if I’d guest post for her series on the 12 Days of Cookies, I knew it was just the push I needed.
When you must make a large batch of cookies, simple is best. And these are simple, yet tasty and visually appealing. The vanilla dough is sweet and buttery, and the fillings can be varied depending on your preferences.
My daughter likes the plain icing, while my hubby and the boys would happily eat either the chocolate or vanilla filling. No one got too excited when I filled them with jam a few years ago, but that’s another beautiful option.The dough balls can also be brushed with egg white and rolled in coconut, chopped nuts, colored sugars or sprinkles.
These thumbprints were both festive and delicious. When I asked my hubby if he liked them, with a twinkle in his eye, he replied that he needed about 5 more before reaching a verdict. I quickly packed up the 48 I needed for the party and hid them in the freezer…knowing my gang, they could disappear fast!
Holiday Thumbprints…adapted from my friend Paula
Yield: Makes about 7 dozen
2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Icing #1 (enough for half a batch):
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Icing #2 (enough for half a batch)
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon hot water
M & Ms, optional garnish
For cookies: Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time and mix till well blended. Add vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix till dough forms. Cover and chill dough at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 300º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each dough ball, leaving a round indentation. Bake for about 20 minutes. Do not let brown.
If necessary, carefully use your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon to re-indent cookies after they come out of the oven. Allow to cool. Fill indentation with icing of your choice. Top with an M & M if desired.
To make Icing #1, heat sugar, cocoa and milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for a couple minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool, then whip to spreading consistency.
To make Icing #2, mix powdered sugar and butter. Add enough water to bring to spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
About Liz: I live in Indianapolis with my husband, 3 children, and sweet, old, yellow Lab, Lambeau. I’ve loved to bake since I was in high school…my mom would try all sorts of ethnic and exotic recipes, but rarely bake a dessert. So when my sisters and I wanted a treat, we’d crack open her cookbooks and whip up something sweet.
Fast forward a few years to when I married a true chocoholic…I started baking cookies, brownies, cakes and pies with more regularity. I started my blog to keep track of my recipes and share with friends…and the biggest bonus of writing a blog is making fabulous foodie friends like Jen!
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Thanks Liz for taking the time to stop by during this busy season to share one your favorites with us. For you readers, please take a minute to stop by That Skinny Chick Can Bake and give her a little holiday comment love!
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